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  1. 62 points
    ENERGY REPORT January 2020 2020 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Sage (emphasized all year) CENTER: Higher Emotional and Emotional (emphasized all year) GOAL: Submission (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Power (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Spiritualist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Deprecation (emphasized Oct - Dec) JANUARY continues a fairly clear wave of Self-Destruction carrying over from 2019, though it appears to have anchored primarily in the Baby and Young Soul populations. This continued wave of Self-Destruction is one that may be contained to specific populations, but the impact may affect many beyond those populations. When there is a complete lack of value regarding life, Self-Destruction can fall into the Negative Pole of Suicide, but this can mean taking or destroying as many lives as possible with that act of suicide. Over the months of January, February, and March, Self-Destruction may escalate and show up in ways that are playing out the Baby and Young rejection of Mature progression that may be seen as a threat to Order and Power. Regardless of how the Baby and Young are handling the changes in the world, Mature and Old Souls are likely to feel the relief and lifting of the pressures from Self-Destruction that had been fairly heavy over 2019. This relief has come because many of the older souls have decided to focus on inspired action and have embraced the challenges of the Goal of Submission for 2020. Submission is a Goal that is all about aligning one’s actions with a greater force or authority that has been deemed meaningful and beneficial. When this is in the Positive Pole, Devotion, those in Submission share in the momentum of meaning and benefit that this greater force carries. As the Goal of Submission takes hold for most of our students, it would mean beginning to sort out and narrow down your focus on what matters to you in ways that inspire Devotion to a cause or value or force that is already great and is made greater by your participation. This may be a broad devotion that is about aligning your life to various ways that help your basic choices feel more meaningful and beneficial, or it may be a focused devotion on a specific change or cause that you feel is meaningful or beneficial. Baby and Young Souls will also feel this shift into Submission, though many may jump directly to the Negative Pole, Subservience, and fall into blind faith in a cause or force that has an impact, but that takes away meaning and brings harm. January through March may be quite precarious in the world at large, but your personal life may begin to find some clarity, comfort, and commitment as you begin to access the Sage, Higher Emotional Center and Submission energies of the year. As your year begins, it can be helpful for each of our students to differentiate between world events and personal events. Devote yourself to the greater forces that matter to you as that devotion is what helps to benefit greater forces that bring greater events. It can also be helpful to take a look at how you may have come to be Subservient to greater forces in your life so that you blindly move forward in ways that disregard harmful impact and meaning. In general, we see our students awkwardly struggling to nurture and share in optimism, while also tentative and uncertain. January is a good month for experiencing the truth and love and energy that can exist in and be generated from what seem to be contradictions. It is healthy to be optimistic and uncertain, but challenges can come when one of these is rejected for the other. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): January 1st - 5th -- Energy Shift -- COMFORT/CONFLICT -- This shift will be different between those who have embraced the patterns of personal and collective evolution versus those who have rejected personal and collective progress. If you feel the comfort, allow it. Take actions that serve this comfort. It is vital to embrace comfort when this comes because there are long stretches in life where discomfort is a valuable means of promoting growth. Comfort is not an escape or denial, but a means of integration and comprehension. For those who have fallen into Conflict, it may be some of your Baby and Young imprinting working itself out. If you find yourself in conflict and chaos, ride this out and then look at it again from the other side. January 20th - 23rd -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - This Nexus appears to bring with it a bundle of parallels that have been in a long recovery since 1980 from the effects of climate changes caused by the eruption of Mount Saint Helen. In some parallels, this eruption was far more devastating, particularly in terms of its effects on the global atmosphere and ecology. The convergence brings with it a wave of vision and inspiration for correcting pressing issues regarding environment, ecology, and stewardship. It was realized that humanity cannot control the effects of nature, but can control their effects ON nature. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER JANUARY: DREAM BIG - January brings with it a tentative sense of permission to return to upholding and nurturing optimism and dreams for a brighter future. We suggest that these be brought to the surface and held confidently, even as you may find personal and collective challenges continue. When we say to “dream big,” we mean to suggest giving yourself full permission to be okay with creating a better future rather than ONLY preventing or enduring an unwanted future. Dream big. The details for fulfilling those dreams can only come out of permission to have them in the first place.
  2. 61 points
    BACKSTORY: As most of you already know, I live with a chronic immune system condition that is mostly known as A.I.D.S. I am “perfectly” healthy and in a state they describe as “undetectable,” meaning they can’t find any HIV in my blood at all. I live on a cocktail of medications that supposedly help keep me alive, and my own vegan diet helps tremendously in countering any serious issues. But I still struggle with ups and downs of health that are often vague and oppressive and include headaches/migraines, extreme fatigue, low-grade constant cold symptoms that sometimes explode into severe colds, and then sometimes I fall flat into some scary states that have yet to be diagnosed or understood and these knock me off my feet for days. This isn’t how I live my life every day, but these things often disrupt my life and my focus on work. Add to this the weight of depression that has slowly crept into my life since Trump got elected. It may seem silly, but it has truly affected the quality of life for many of my friends. I’ve never experienced depression before and finally had to accept that I endure it now. I think it’s pretty mild compared to clinical depression, so for those who suffer clinical depression, my heart goes out to you. It has exacerbated the health issues above. And I have to admit that my diagnosis of A.I.D.S. 12 years ago still haunts me and weighs on me every single day. It’s not something that is easy to live with psychologically. I am as healthy as anyone else, but it’s like a ticking time bomb that keeps you living in a state between life and death. This actually helps my relationship with Michael and improves the quality of the channeling, so there’s that! When I was dying of pneumonia in that hospital bed in The Netherlands in 2007, I actually got to “meet” Michael before I fell into my 5-day coma. It was surreal and disturbing and beautiful, and it was one of the most comforting moments I’ve ever experienced. I think it calmed me down and helped me trust in my existence and let my body do its work of recovery. I don’t know. But I survived. When I returned to NYC from The Netherlands, it would take me 5 years to breathe normal again and I was very lucky that New York State has health programs in place that help those with no insurance to get the healthcare and prescriptions necessary for survival. I have been gratefully living with that healthcare since 2007. So the good news is that I’m surviving and thriving! And on paper, I am healthy and have nothing to worry about. These random states of health do not define me or my life, but I also can’t ignore them, so I eat as best I can, and take my medications, and use the Michael Teachings to help me understand and create and evolve all through these ups and downs. But my healthcare is essential... which leads me to 2019. FAST-FORWARD TO 2019 As 2019 approached, I was alerted that I would no longer be eligible for my healthcare. I have been living with profound stress and uncertainty for all of 2019. I fought to keep my healthcare and lost. Eventually I was free-falling. I could no longer get check ups, bloodwork, and my supposed life-saving medications were running out. This was so stressful for me that my health and my optimism took a nosedive and I’ve been struggling off and on all year. It has affected my work for all of you, not in terms of quality of channeling, but in terms of my keeping up and staying on schedule. I honestly felt like I was having to get my private life in order and prepare to die. If not soon, then at least sooner than I expected. Suddenly the past 12 years felt like borrowed time and I had run out of it. To be perfectly honest, I was terrified. Truly scared for my life. It never matters how much you understand and work with the dead... dying is a big deal! But I kept it together and continued to research and ask for help from sources that could help me. I’m self-employed and do not make enough money to cover health insurance on my own, but I also make too much money to qualify for the Medicaid I had been with for all of these years. So my focus has been heavily directed toward saving my life and this distraction has disrupted a lot of my schedule and plans. I’ve been doing the best I can to juggle all of this... And it finally paid off! I GOT MY HEALTHCARE BACK! My advocate directed me to a program for which I qualify and I am in the process of restoring my healthcare! When my advocate told me this, I broke down in tears. I had been carrying the weight of this for so long, mostly privately and alone because it was too heavy to share. I just wanted to focus on solutions. And I finally found one. BACK TO WORK So if you have noticed or sensed my distance and distraction, now you know why. And I’m very happy to say that I can once again reclaim my energy and direct it back to thriving and not just surviving. Please be patient with me if you are in my backlog of sessions. It’s not a big backlog, so it won’t take too much time, but thank you for being patient. I can also return focus to Wholeness of Souls, TLEGG, our Michael Books, and other projects in the works! Thank you for all of your love and patience and understanding and kindness. I’m back. Troy PS - a special thank you and deep gratitude for TeamTLE for helping me keep it together. I could not have survived this without them. I love you all so much.
  3. 59 points
    MEntity: Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We will begin. There are very few experiences that every student extant is experiencing at the same time in similar ways. In your lifetimes, this is the first time that all of our students are in a shared experience, both personally and globally. This could be said of the human race as a whole, as well. This may be the first globally-shared experience in human history. There have always been major events that, eventually or indirectly, reach much of humanity, but we know of no globally-shared experience of intensity that was shared in real-time on such a scale as this pandemic. Even World Wars did not reach as pervasively into so many lives as this pandemic at the moment. You are in a Mature Soul world now. If the trajectory continues, this is the first of many events that "bring the world together." We know that many of our students are distressed and concerned. This is normal and natural as there is reason to be distressed and concerned. This is a real and pressing threat that cannot/should not be ignored. Your fears are natural and normal. It is important to remember that while Love can heal and evolve and help you through many things, legitimate fear is never rejected by Love. There is a difference between unwarranted and useless fear that paralyzes you and legitimate fear that informs you of danger. The difference between Love and Fear is that Love includes Fear. The more useless and unwarranted your fears, the more difficult it is to tap into Love, but Love will never reject fear. Love understands Fear. Love knows when it is useful to be aware of danger. We bring this up because a solution to such a thing as a pandemic is not to ignore danger and simply Love the pandemic away. That will not work. So if you want to focus on Love and "Light" and these positive perspectives of this event, it can only be Love if you consider the legitimate fears. There are many positive changes being generated from the response to this pandemic. This is not because the pandemic showed up to teach you anything. It is because you are in the process of putting into effect what you have learned. Mature Souls who have been on the sidelines of humanity and outside of the structures of power are stepping into positions of power and out of the shadows to help humanity through this. We see a major shift in power over the next 20 years because of this. Mature Souls are owning their power rather than conceding it to the outdated Young Soul paradigms of power. Innovations in structural overhaul and integrity for vital systems that are shared among all classes in the population are likely to be a priority for some time to come. Concepts and practical implementations regarding economy, resources, and security are at a Turning Point that look more likely to bring Breakthrough over Breakdown Improved infrastructure of vital communication systems are likely to be prioritized during and after this pandemic as the reality of their fragility is considered and witnessed. Delivery systems are likely to be expanded upon in ways that seek to serve more directly those who are housebound, ill, disabled, etc. This is an example of a minor and marginalized part of society that is eclipsed by "able-ism." With so many dependent upon these delivery systems over time, it suddenly makes sense to improve on these for those who will continue to be dependent upon them. We point out these random scenarios of high probability because it can help reduce the stress and concern from being bombarded with dread and reports of bad behavior or bad news. There are a multitude of great changes coming that are beautiful. This does not remove the reality of the threat, but can help you see your fellow humanity as including humans who will do their best along with you. These are not predictions, but a glimpse of what we see happening around you. Rather than ignore the reality of the threat and the danger and use "Love" to avoid reality, we suggest that our students embrace the reality of the situation, but also the whole of that reality in that you are not alone in wanting to make the world a better place. Yes, there will be those who exploit an event like this, but there are others who are taking advantage in ways that bring long-awaited benefits and change. We think this is one of the most important things we can convey to you at the moment as this is an historic and pivotal event in humanity and most of the parallels that we see rise from this favor many of the greatest Mature and Old Soul ideals. We will open the floor to questions now. ****JANET/DIANE**** DianeHB: In previous sessions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, you have brought to light some possible scenarios that our current path of trajectory could devolve into. A few of these scenarios you have mentioned include: "cascading catastrophic collapse," the creation of an environment where there is a "100% probability of IS manifestation by December," a path where our economy becomes resource-based, and a possibility that if at least 75% of the global population practices true social distancing than it would be likely, at our earliest, the pandemic could level out by May. DianeHB: Can you clarify and flesh out the paths of trajectory that have the highest probabilities of occurring? Of the scenarios that you have shared with us, what are the probabilities of each scenario taking place in our current trajectory? Could you also indicate higher or lower probabilities of each trajectory by continent if they aren't the same globally? MEntity: Using the differentiated paths above, probabilities at the moment are: Cascading catastrophic collapse = 68% probability; Infinite Soul Manifestation by December = 59%; Resource-based Economy = 97%; Self-disciplined social distancing/Pandemic relief by May = 18%; we will add Enforced social-distancing/Pandemic relief by July, 49%. As this is a global pandemic, these numbers are global, though they may play out in varying paces and ways around the world. DianeHB: What are the current chances of breakthrough vs breakdown? Does breakdown correspond to the Cascading catastrophic collapse/Infinite Soul trajectories? MEntity: Collapse/Infinite Soul paths are Breakdown probabilities. Resource-based Economy paths are Breakthroughs. The timing of the pandemic and how relief comes are independent of whether there is breakdown or breakthrough. It will not matter if this is brief or long-term. What matters is that there is follow-through to actions that benefit humanity. The probabilities are much higher for Breakthrough at the moment. DianeHB: That's good to hear. MEntity: The probabilities for Resource-based Economy are so high that a Breakdown would only delay that, not stop it. Next question DianeHB: There are indications that the US Federal Government may be heading toward a national lockdown. DianeHB: 1. Could Michael comment on whether a U.S. nationwide lockdown is likely and could help us move faster to relief? Based on your 49% probability for enforced social-distancing, seems like that is necessary to bring relief. DianeHB: 2. Are there people in power in our government somewhere who are comprehending the situation now and beginning to respond appropriately? DianeHB: 3. What is the probability that we will now begin to see effective action towards testing and other measures to restrain further "peaks" of pandemic prior to availability of a vaccine, perhaps 18 months away? MEntity: Nationwide lockdown is likely and even two days in this state would make a major difference if truly implemented. We doubt it would be thoroughly implemented, but most would likely participate. 2 weeks would be minimal for truly gaining the most control and footing. DianeHB: How soon do you see this happening? Within the week? Or more? MEntity: There are many contemplating this enforced lockdown, but are considering how to make this appealing for the most effectiveness. Some are contemplating it for exploitative reasons, but most are considering it to be something that is unavoidable. There are people in your government who are comprehending the situation and acting accordingly, but many who are not. The many who are not make it very difficult for those who are. The probability for seeing effective action in testing and restraint look to be on the rise, so we assess that you would see better signs of this over the next couple of weeks. The enforced lockdown is likely within a week or two at the most. If there is not one in place by then, a lockdown would be fairly moot. Next questions DianeHB: Michael, you said this after 9/11 "We will comment for the Mature and Old Souls as to what might be able to be done to "bring some good to the situation". Would you please comment in the same fashion for your students at this time as to what we may do "to bring some good to the situation" during the pandemic and after based on Soul Age and Level. MEntity: To "bring some good" to this pandemic scenario, we can say to return your power back to TIME. One of the main resources that is lost in a Young Soul paradigm is TIME. Energy is prioritized over TIME. You push yourselves to stretch your energy as a resource and neglect the need for time as a resource. Bring some good back to life by giving yourself TIME, not as a gift, but as a right. It is AS important as Energy and when Time is considered with balance to Energy, you gain more of both. When the emphasis is on Energy, even when you have Time, you are not using it. You are focused on where your Energy must go next, or should be going. DianeHB: What does it mean to give ourselves time? MEntity: Cherish your time. Time alone, time together, time in this life, time today. Embrace it like money. Embrace it like a good rest. Embrace it like a good meal. Let yourself HAVE it, be in it. When you give yourself Time, it means you make a choice in how to use it, not just carried along by the momentum of energy expended to get through to some distant point in time. If you are working, be there. If you are at home, alone, be there. If you are spending time with us, here, be here. Let your focus be singular for the amount of time you need or want for whatever you want or need. Make the time to contact loved ones you rarely speak to. Make the time to watch a tv show you had put off. Make the time to read a book. Make the time to create projects or art. Etc. The Mature Soul world is full of emphasis on both Time and Energy because these are the main ingredients for the most effective and beneficial choices. You cannot do more than you can. You do not have more time than you have. You manage energy and you manage time. You never choose one over the other because to do so means making choices that leave a part of you behind. And no one, not even a part of yourself, is left behind in a Mature Soul world. This is the good that you can bring to your world through this: remember to bring yourself along in everything you do. We can take one more question. DianeHB: Without going into providing specific medical advice, is there anything we can do to help support our body's defenses if/when we become infected or prior to getting the virus? Would it be similar to general advice for improving health and the immune system? MEntity: All benefits to the immune system can be helpful, as well as reduction of stress. Stress reduction can come by focusing on the use of your time in ways that please you OR to focus on allowing yourself to be present and kind when you must do what you do not wish to do. Ironically, your best defenses are distance at the moment, but the use of that distance to reconnect with yourself and others is one of the ways to help set your body up for its best defenses. We will conclude here for today, but will have much more to say as this event unfolds. We will be here with you. You are not alone. When we say that "we are here, now" we mean that we are always here with you, but we snap into focus for your "now" when we speak with you through our channels. But we are here, always. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
  4. 58 points
    ENERGY REPORT November 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) NOVEMBER brings a deeper dive into Self-Destruction as nearly every student begins to ponder the existential point and value of living and life. Pondering one’s existence is not self-destructive in itself, but when one begins to question the value of one’s existence and the point of one’s existence using superficial, limited, and temporary values and points, it can lead one down a spiraling path of Self-Destruction. For example, it can become too easy to conclude that life has no value or point if you do not have a stable income, defined career, intimate relationship, status, recognition, enough praise, attractive body, stable health, desired material possessions, etc. Whether in the worst of conditions or the best of conditions, if one defines the value and point of existence by these superficial and temporary conditions, one will invariably spiral into defeat, depression, and destruction. As November increases the emphasis on Self-Destruction, some may find themselves having to manually and with great effort recover or recreate the seeds of value and meaning that are inherent in existence. The noise and chaos of life can sometimes cause one to lose a sense of direction, destination, meaning, and value, but all of that chaos and noise is a PART of life, not the definition of life. You may not have direct control over chaos around you or within you because that is the very nature of chaos, but most of you do have control over how you navigate through this chaos. Your own motivations, intentions, and destination matter and so you must recover or recreate these when you feel you have lost them. You cannot wait for these to be returned to you amid the chaos. You cannot expect the chaos to calm or end before you recover or recreate your own motivations, values, and meaning. The chaos surrounding a path is not the path, itself. The chaos surrounding a path is not the same as your destination, motivation, or your intent. Chaos exists. Beauty exists. Suffering exists. Pleasure exists. Oppression exists. Freedom exists. Life exists. Death exists. And amid all of this: You exist. There will always be some form of Chaos. There will always be some form of Beauty. There will always be some form of Suffering, Pleasure, Oppression, Freedom, Life, and Death in the world. And there will always be some form of You. You exist AMONG everything that exists. You do not exist AS everything that exists. In other words, take heart, take pause, take a deep breathe, and allow room for all of existence, including your own. All that exists is going to exist whether you like it or not. You are going to exist whether you like it or not. You can help relieve suffering. You can help bring pleasure. You can help fight oppression. You can help secure freedoms. You can ride out chaos and you can bring beauty. You can be full of life and, eventually, die. But your value, meaning, and point of your existence will be entirely independent of the value, meaning, and point of every other thing or person in existence. And so it does not serve you in any way to diminish the value, meaning, and point of your existence just because other things exist that have little to no value, meaning, or point to you. It can often seem that when suffering, oppression, chaos, and death are witnessed or experienced that the value, meaning, and point of life are lost. The truth is quite the opposite. The value, meaning, and point of life must be upheld and nurtured and celebrated even more when in the face of suffering, oppression, chaos, or death. If you feel you have lost the meaning, value, and point, it is only because you have defined those terms incorrectly. You have a right and a responsibility to own and celebrate your existence even as you navigate the best and worst of life. If you find that you are questioning the value, meaning, and point of you and your life, STOP. That is the only solution. You will never find a satisfying or conclusive answer to such an absurd line of questioning. Exist among existence and get on with your life and living. It is your right. It is your responsibility. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): November 12th - 15th -- Energy Shift -- GROUNDING -- This shift brings with it a wave of grounding energy that would be for “burning off” excess static and buzzing, if you will, that have been clouding and corrupting perceptions. This would be a biological grounding, so it would mean that the body would be most affected. For those who find themselves affected by this grounding wave, there may be extreme agitation, distraction, restlessness, and/or burst of vivid dreaming activity. If this grounding is successful, it would mean that in the days that follow, a sense of recovering focus and direction and motivation may come to those who have had a difficult time sustaining focus, direction, and motivation. November 25th - 27th -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - Yet another shift away from Self-Destruction on a grander scale, and a more confined and defined circle of Self-Destruction emerges, particularly among corrupt Baby and Young Soul leaders. However quiet or obvious this shift, it is likely the “beginning of the end” for a handful of authoritarian fragments who can no longer sustain their position in a Mature Paradigm. On a more personal level, our students would likely find this Convergence to be one that brings about some levity, clarity, focus and even enthusiasm for “the future.” HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER NOVEMBER: I EXIST AMONG, NOT AS - Emphasizing our message in the earlier part of this report, it can be helpful to remember this phrase as you navigate all of your experiences, relationships, feelings, emotions, struggles, triumphs, etc. You exist AMONG these things, not AS these things. You HAVE feelings, you are not your feelings. You HAVE experiences, you are not those experiences. You exist among the chaos and beauty of life, and you can contribute chaos or beauty, and you can experience chaos or beauty, but you are not these things. When you allow room for all that exists, you allow room for your own existence, and then you can participate in all of these things in more effective and meaningful ways.
  5. 56 points
    ENERGY REPORT March 2020 2020 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Sage (emphasized all year) CENTER: Higher Emotional (emphasized all year) (and Emotional Center) GOAL: Submission (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Power (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Spiritualist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Deprecation (emphasized Oct - Dec) MARCH comes with a rather deep dive into Submission for many as a collective process intensifies for determining a dedicated direction forward. This means that many will be determined more seriously than usual to commit to the most effective and reciprocal paths and/or people representing “the future.” This means that March may be a time of emphasized division and clarified devotion for many as they commit to the direction that they feel best represents their desired future. When Submission seeks a direction of Devotion, the Positive Pole, it often starts with Subservience, the Negative Pole, as one does not always know the whole truth or picture of a person or path before committing to it. This means it can be helpful to remember that many will be “blindly” devoting themselves in directions that may or may not prove valuable to all. The only way to know if one can truly move into Devotion is to know if full commitment creates a reciprocal benefit. As April draws closer, a shift of emphasis comes to POWER MODE and this is likely to come first in the emphasis on exploring Oppression, the Negative Pole. A wave of conflict or emphasis on the history of conflict between the oppressed and the oppressors, the conflict between those who are returning themselves to authority over their own lives, the Positive Pole, and those who seek to be authoritarian over others’ lives. The world may look quite divided over the coming months, but this is a clarification process where those who seek to nurture shared empowerment are coming together as those who seek individual power over others come apart. As long as those who can share and nurture empowerment continue to come together, Submission will hold its Positive Pole of Devotion. This is because the greatest and clearest and most beneficial path for all is the Devotion to each other. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): March 23rd -- Energy Shift -- Escalation or Calm - This Energy Shift comes with pivotal energy that either leads to an escalation and intensity of events or a shift into a sense of stepping back, pausing, and knowing peace and calm is not out of reach. This is true both on personal and global levels. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER MARCH: BLINDLY FORWARD IS STILL FORWARD - There are times when there is no way or no easy way to see where one is going or where the world is headed, but one must still move forward. A wall may be hit, a curve may be met, a crash may happen, but moving forward is sometimes more important than how one moves forward, what one finds or creates as one moves forward. Those who are of the more progressive, inclusive, and loving know this. Our older soul students know this. We expect this same consideration will be needed when watching the world around you unfold over the year ahead. If you are moving forward, you are on board with evolution. Keep in mind that moving forward can sometimes mean stopping and returning to a path that has been lost. This stop and return is not a move backward, but a return forward.
  6. 53 points
    ENERGY REPORT October 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) OCTOBER brings a new, but vaguely familiar, energy that is part of what might be considered a collective “course correction.” There is really no such thing as a “correction” in a collective course as every direction is a valid direction, but we speak in terms regarding a collective waking up to the consequences of one direction and realizing that a different direction is preferred. It is a fragile and precarious and weak shift, but it is a shift that is happening, and fairly unexpectedly. The end of September and beginning of October may have brought for many of our students a kind of deep fatigue that had no obvious or emotional element, only fatigue. We think this is because of the equivalent of a long-term bracing for impact and then realizing that little to no impact will occur. There is a relief, some disbelief, disorientation, and then the exhaustion that comes as adrenaline dissipates. For many students, there is a stillness that may have generated within as a kind of surveilling reaction to this sense that something is shifting. It is a distancing that is not willing to invest until it is clear that a real shift is happening. This shift is a slow and precarious and fragile return to a core parallel that would bring back a sense of broadening possibilities and choices and progression that has not been felt since 2016. The full shift may or may not complete, but it is happening at the moment. What we can suggest for our students is to continue considering the ways in which you are contributing to this shift. From big to small changes of action in life, every effort matters. This is a Moving Centered year that has had a great emphasis on witnessing the power of actual Action and its consequences that may have an impact far down the line of time and space. As October progresses, those who are spiraling into Self-Destruction will likely continue to do so until there is either an implosion or explosion. An implosion would be self-contained and affect only those within that spiral of Self-Destruction. An explosion would be an effort to take as many down as possible with the destruction. At this point, the probabilities are too close to call one as being more likely than the other, but we know from experience that most collective Self-Destruction events do tend to explode. As October progresses, those who have evaded or are rising out of Self-Destruction will likely continue to do so with an increasing sense of empowerment, return of curiosity, enthusiasm, and contribution, all with comfort in looking forward. When one has overcome Self-Destruction, it shows up as either profound and private relief after such a close call, or shows up as exuberant celebration and “good news.” On a personal level, if any of our students are struggling with Self-Destruction, there is great collective support for rising up and out of this, but it will still require your participation and contribution. The greatest contribution one can make to a personal or collective overcoming of a Self-Destruction spiral is to truly accept that “it is worth it.” YOU are worth it. WE are worth it. THEY are worth it. THE FUTURE is worth it. THEIR LIVES are worth it. YOUR LIFE is worth it. And so on. This does not relieve one of the challenges, struggles, and obstacles, but it does break the spiral of being convinced that nothing is worth it. The worth of something is not dependent upon how difficult or easy it is to care for it. Even if you do not care about yourself, you are worth it. Even if you do not care about others, they are worth it. What we mean by “worth it” is that caring and compassion benefit every living thing. Every living thing, including you, is worth the effort to care, is worth the compassion. Every living thing, including you, is improved and benefited by the compassion and care that is offered up. What that living thing does with your compassion and care is up to them, but contributing to that bank of care and compassion helps everyone, including your collective trajectory. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): October 3rd - 10th -- Energy Shift -- POSSIBILITY -- October starts with an energy shift that slowly, cautiously, and carefully sparks a sense of possibility for a return to what many may feel is a corrected course of trajectory for humanity. This is not a certainty and would not magically solve all problems facing humanity, but this sense of possibility is the first solid and collective wave of encouragement that most have felt in a long time. October 23rd - 27th -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - This marks yet another shift away from Self-Destruction on a large scale. For those spiraling further into Self-Destruction, this may be a window that offers a glimpse or clear picture of where that destruction is taking them. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER OCTOBER: WHAT DID I CONTRIBUTE TODAY - Many of our students wonder and worry about what they can be doing to help contribute to the world in a way that matters and helps shift the world toward healing and progress. One of the easiest ways one can help is to consider what one is contributing to the day. If you wonder what qualities you contribute through your choices and actions, simply ask, “CAN THIS MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE?” This applies to choices and actions, NOT to your moods, feelings, processes of grief and anger, etc. It is only about the tangible elements that have an impact, such as what you DO and what you CHOOSE. Keep in mind that doing nothing can also be an action that has impact. The answer to the question may be that you do not know, and that is fair. However, there will be times that you know that your action or choice does not contribute to the world in a way that considers the impact. You may not know what to choose or do as an alternative in those instances, but that is something that you can work on if you choose to do so. There are going to be times when you cannot or will not choose the alternatives that may be of more benefit, and it will not serve you to respond with guilt or resentment. Instead, respond with learning. Now you know and you can look for alternatives. Now you know and you can consider different actions. The goal here is to simply increase your awareness of your participation in a personal, community, and global collective in a way that allows you to honor your worth. Understanding that what you DO, DO NOT DO, and what you choose matters, can be one of the most empowering and powerful realizations one can make in a lifetime.
  7. 51 points
    Every time I feel a surge of enthusiasm and energy and think my head is above water, a wave washes over me and I feel like I am drowning again. What bothers me about this feeling is that I have no idea WHY or from WHERE it is coming! I hear Michael when they say that "everyone" is feeling similarly and that we are all plugged into this horrific mess of reality that we are trying to sort and set back on track, but JEEEESUSSSSSs...... I just feel so lost and disconnected and discombobulated. Instead of struggling, I just let myself sink and I'm starting to realize that's not the best solution. I am overwhelmed, paralyzed, and depressed. If I had a tangible and specific reason for it, I think I might be more capable of navigating this, but with no obvious or direct reason, it just feels like I need to be as still as possible and let it all pass by me until it is gone. But it's just not leaving! My one go-to source of joy that could always snap me out of any weighted issue was to game with friends and I find myself even avoiding that. I am just a churning mess of avoidance and mental paralysis. So the first thing I want to do is apologize to all of you for any collateral damage done to my relationships with you, my schedule, my groups, support responses, my quality of channeling... I keep thinking I've finally made it to shore and can stand up and get going again, but I'm still treading water. The other thing I wanted to say is that I've decided to dedicate this month's Michael Speaks to this very topic. I want to ask them about navigating collective and individual crises and get more details and insight into what the hell is going on with so many of us. The reason I am sharing such personal details about my private struggle is because I think many of us think that we should have it all together and be able to rise above these weird challenges of life because we have such a great teaching and teacher and a great community of support... but it just doesn't always work like that. We are processing something. Something big. Something personal and collective at the same time. We are dealing with age, health, life choices, loved ones, money issues, and then we have all of this collective turmoil happening... It just feels like shit. So it's not "you." It's not the teaching. It's not something we are doing wrong. But if we can get some insights together, I want to try because I need to snap out of this. And I'm sure a lot of you feel the same way. I'm making active efforts this week to snap out of it and that won't come easy, but maybe we can do this together for each other as a way to do it for ourselves. If you are going through something similar, say hi and join in on receiving the support. If you don't relate to what I'm describing, jump in and give all the love and energy you have in support for our fellow students who are struggling. Love love love to all of you and don't worry... I WILL snap out of this. Troy
  8. 49 points
    From a private session on 3/17/2020: MEntity: Hello to you, Diane. We are here, now. We can begin. DianeHB: Hi Michael. My questions today will be about the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic. DianeHB: 1. To follow up on Becca's question about disruption to the food supply chain this morning -- would this mainly affect US food supplies or Europe and other continents as well? MEntity: Depending on the extent of the impact in time from this pandemic, all continents would be affected to some extent, particularly areas that would be affected by halting of distributions due to stricter quarantining. DianeHB: Ok, thank you. DianeHB: 2. I get the feeling that this pandemic feeds into our Turning Points on individual, community, and global levels. Individually, many people are facing their fears and anxieties, precarious financial situations, or having the time to reconnect with themselves as they suddenly have the time they didn't have before. The systems and momentum in our society that seemed so intractable suddenly ground to a halt, and the consequences could be severe if this lasts more than a few weeks. But there are also some positive consequences -- there is less flying, less driving, and less consumption, which means we have suddenly reduced our impact on the climate. DianeHB: Could you elaborate on the "cascading catastrophic collapse in several areas of society and services and safety"? We are seeing pressures on the healthcare system, the precarious situation of people with low-paying service jobs and those living in poverty/homelessness, which are exacerbate by the lack of affordable healthcare. MEntity: The cascading catastrophic collapse we speak of is the potential for disruptions in food security, electricity, fuel supplies, and internet. These disruptions could cascade outward in several directions to prompt reactions that cause even more challenges, such as disregard for law and social agreements. DianeHB: Oh wow. MEntity: It is a low probability that we see, but it is high enough to be noted. DianeHB: What are the probabilities of these collapses happening? Is it determined by whether the virus continues to spread, or by quarantine measures? MEntity: At the moment this is around 20% likely. The greatest determining factors are the strictness of quarantines that may come and the length of time in these quarantines. A secondary factor is any exploitation or imposition from those in power, such as your President. DianeHB: I see. DianeHB: I would hope that they ensure the essential supplies are sustained under quarantine. DianeHB: But our country has not had great foresight so far when they could've seen this coming. MEntity: Competence and care are in shorter supply than food in some cases and that would have its impact on all securities. DianeHB: How about in other continents? DianeHB: Some of them have better leadership than we do. MEntity: The greater probabilities are in the United States. Other countries have lower probabilities. DianeHB: Ok good. I'm trying to get an idea for others on TLE as well. DianeHB: 3. You told Janet E: "There is a great deal of variables that could change that, particularly population willingness and involvement. Many, at this point, are still in denial. If that denial can be lifted, early probabilities for relief are May." DianeHB: Is the denial mainly about the necessity for self-isolation and social distancing? What would change the minds of those who are in active denial? Seeing people around them get sick and die? Not only has conservative media been telling people it's "just a flu", younger people in their thirties and younger are often still carrying on because statistics say it only affects them mildly. Could you also give more indications and potential paths we can get through this, both individually and together? MEntity: Social distancing is the only solution for slowing this pandemic. We see approximately 10% of populations practicing this to the extent that it needs to be in place. It would require 75% to 90% to truly slow this, and at least 40% to 60% to reduce deaths and impact on systems. At 10% practice, this may lead toward a mutation that would be far more challenging and deadly, which would then begin to have more obvious effects on more demographics, escalating this pandemic to another tier of threat. MEntity: Incentives and security would help. If governments and systems and individual exchanges would shift toward ensuring security, it would bring greater effort for distancing. For example, companies that can continue wages, or government subsidies for everyone under a certain tier of income for shelter expenses, landlords allowing leniency and waiving of rent, services provided without fees, etc. In short, removing money from the equation of human existence. DianeHB: Yeah, that has a lot to do with why a lot of people haven't been able to practice distancing. DianeHB: That ties in with my next question. DianeHB: 4. The U.S. government is having to look at all kinds of financial relief to the common citizens, which has not been done since FDR and the New Deal. But now even some Republicans are talking about some kind of universal basic income to get through this. Do you see this pandemic and the policy changes associated with it as potentially moving us closer to a resource-based economy in the US and/or around the world? MEntity: 100% DianeHB: Wow. MEntity: It may be a short leap or a large leap, but it is pivotal in shifting a paradigm. MEntity: Let us be clear: MEntity: It is NOT the pandemic or disease or virus "teaching" any of you anything. It was not sent or generated as a lesson, punishment, or opportunity. It is simply a part of the nature of the Physical Plane and the scathing that all risk by being alive. The pandemic and virus are no different from an avalanche, tsunami, earthquake, hurricane, drought, flood, etc. It is a force of nature that reflects processes within humanity, but it is not an independent source teaching you or evolving you or punishing you. The short or long leap toward a Resource-based economy would be because of choices and actions taken by you in response to the threat. In other words, the lessons or teaching that come from a threat are not in the threat, itself, but in the response. DianeHB: Yes, I understand that, but it's good to make that distinction. I see a lot of spiritual talk out there seeing this as something about the nature of the pandemic, but it's really what it brings out in us. MEntity: More precisely, what you bring out of yourselves. DianeHB: Yeah. DianeHB: I'm seeing a lot of people individually facing their truths, and we are doing it on a societal level as well. DianeHB: How is this pandemic affecting the potential Infinite Soul manifestation? Have the probabilities increased or stayed the same? MEntity: If this pandemic is winding down around May, probabilities for Manifestation would lower. If this pandemic is escalated or continues through October, probabilities move closer to 100% Manifestation by December. DianeHB: And can you go back to address what we individually can do to get through this? Stock up, offer help if we can, ask for help if we need it? MEntity: On the most intimate of levels, allow this time to be one for you to SLOW DOWN. This is something we have mentioned to our students off and on for a long time in terms of what contributes most to collective anxiety. Slow Down. Do something different. Be with yourself. Practice giving yourself love and appreciation. MEntity: On the more interactive of levels, ironically, reconnect with others. Reach out to them in ways that you may not have made time for in the past. MEntity: Helping others and asking for help is a universally beneficial position in any circumstance. MEntity: As for more practically "how to get through this," we would suggest that you secure food sources and watch for any threats to supply lines, add some creativity to your day as you spend more time in isolation, find a way to exercise your mind, body, and emotions, and focus your attention on credible and specialized sources for information, not speculative or hand-wringing sources. MEntity: We will conclude here for today, then. Good day to you, Diane. Goodbye, for now. DianeHB: Thank you Michael and Troy!! xoxo
  9. 49 points
    ENERGY REPORT February 2020 2020 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Sage (emphasized all year) CENTER: Higher Emotional (emphasized all year) (and Emotional Center) GOAL: Submission (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Power (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Spiritualist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Deprecation (emphasized Oct - Dec) FEBRUARY brings with it a continuation of the Self-Destruction from 2019 for Baby and Young Souls who are still struggling with how to maintain strict and familiar order or power over others in a Mature world that is all but done with order for the sake of order and power over others rather than power with others. The Mature Soul world asks questions and looks for ways to share. If there is beneficial order that serves many, it will be maintained and improved, but order that only serves to keep some people in power while others are kept in subservience cannot be sustained much longer. Those Baby and Young Souls who refuse to allow room for variations on order and power find that they are willing to either destroy those who do not comply or destroy themselves. Mature and Old Souls may have a difficult time ignoring or avoiding the effects of those amplifying last year’s Self-Destruction, but this is showing up in many of our students as an early emphasis on Self-deprecation. A feeling of not being good enough, or that expectations are being failed, and that standards are too high to be reached, or that you are not being seen or heard. If our students are feeling this early emphasis on Self-deprecation, it would be helpful to remember that there are times when things or people will not be good enough, including you, and that expectations can be failed, and that sometimes people do not see or hear clearly. Those are natural and normal parts of experiencing existence. They are not to be feared or avoided. They are to be dealt with and navigated in a way that helps you to adapt, regroup, replan, or otherwise improve upon your own self-esteem and confidence. Disappointment and not being good enough are pieces of information that can help one to either learn and improve or choose a different direction, but they are not conclusive condemnations to be feared. This true if you are the one disappointed or if you are the one who disappointed. If someone fails you, assess the damage and make the choices that need to be made, or help support them in their improvement. If you fail someone, assess the damage and make the choices that need to be made, or help yourself to reach the expectations by using what you learned, not using it against yourself. The Goal of Submission may help as the year continues, bringing into emphasis an awareness of how best to participate in the world and in your life in ways that benefit both yourself and others, not just yourself and not just others. When there is mutual benefit, there is Devotion, the Positive Pole. When there is a one-way benefit, there is Subservience, the Negative Pole. As the potential turbulence of the year unfolds within our students and around our students, it can be helpful to return your focus to kindness, no matter what the situation or scenario. There is a way to navigate challenges and frustrations and fears while also being kind to yourself and to others. There are times when actions can seem unkind, but if they are actions that are taken to truly help benefit others and yourself, it is still kindness. Fighting for equality, shouting for rights and protections, and shutting down those who are out to harm others are all forms of kindness. Keep this in mind as you navigate your feelings, your choices, your actions, and your thoughts. IS THIS KIND? AM I BEING KIND? These can help you fine-tune those feelings, choices, actions, and thoughts so that they do carry with them any feelings, choices, actions, or thoughts that unnecessarily complicate or harm. If you are frustrated with yourself, bring kindness to your responses. If you are frustrated with politics, society, technology, corporations, leaders, followers, etc., bring kindness to your responses. In other words, it can be quite empowering to do all you can to not make things worse than they have to be or than they already are. Speak up, step up, correct others, correct yourself, inform, share opinions, share frustrations, etc, but bring kindness with you. If you can answer that your feelings, actions, choices, and thoughts are including kindness, it is likely that you can make a more beneficial difference than otherwise. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): NO ISOLATED ENERGY SHIFTS IN FEBRUARY February 28th - 29th -- NEXUS -- DIVERGENCE - This Nexus appears to bring with it a kind of momentum launched by an ultimatum and/or threat that brings clarity and focus. This is not an ominous prediction, but the best way we can describe a pattern coming to a turning point on a collective scale. The reactions to this Nexus would likely generate a divergence for explorations of different outcomes over the next 5 to 10 years. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER FEBRUARY: LOVE SAVES THE DAY - February and 2020, in general, look to be about a fairly challenging and chaotic year, but there are no circumstances that can prevent anyone from loving others and themselves and being kind to others and themselves. When you are at your lowest or your most frustrated and angry, or at your most fulfilled and prosperous, take a moment to love. Truly love. Love yourself and love anyone you can with as much sensation and affection as possible to share. Love quietly, love loudly, love in person or far away, but love. When it has been said that “love saves the day,” it was never meant that Love could eliminate all challenges and pain and struggle or suffering. “Love Saves The Day” simply means that you can get through another day, just one more day, and getting through to just one more day is how you can, eventually, “save the day” on a broader scale. There are no guarantees, but when you bring love to your day, it improves the possibilities for everyone. (NOTE: we know this phrase is cliche, but we are not above using the cliches that work.)
  10. 48 points
    ENERGY REPORT December 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) DECEMBER brings a final but full dive into Self-Destruction so that those who are being consumed by this fear will likely collapse into extremes of Greed as a means of countering the Self-Destruction. Greed shares an axis with Self-Destruction as these are two “sides” of the same fear around one’s value and meaning in existence. Self-Destruction defends against fears of worthlessness, meaninglessness, and emptiness. When Self-Destruction becomes extreme it can slide to Greed as a form of amplified and extreme defense. When Self-Destruction slides to Greed, the experience is something like that of a “black hole” that consumes everything in its path as a way to compensate for lack of worth and meaning. Rather than imploding, this version of Self-Destruction seeks to destroy and/or consume that which has meaning and value for everyone else. We cannot and will not predict, but we can say that probabilities are high for some explosive display of Self-Destruction exemplified on a collective level in the world over December. This may show up in sharp bursts in local scenarios and/or on a larger scale where it becomes clear that the age of regressive values is ending and desperate lashing out escalates. Those who are interpreting social and political progress as a threat to traditional and established values are likely to be lashing out in final attempts to defend against their fears of losing their value and worth in the world. In most scenarios that we can see, these explosive instances are likely seen as a “good sign” in the scheme of things. Evolution and expansion of social value and meaning only strip out the limitations of those established values and meanings. Nothing but the limitations is lost. The values that support value and meaning are carried forward. For example, Baby Soul values of order, civility, and institutions are values that continue to be meaningful for every Soul Age. Order, Civility, and Institutions can develop systems of oppression, marginalized classes, and the imposition of ideals so when progress and evolution come, these limitations are stripped from the legitimately meaningful uses of Order, Civility and Institutions. For those who are invested in the limited values of oppression, marginalization, and imposition, progress is painful. For those who choose to elevate the values of Order, Civility, and Institutions, progress is exciting and meaningful. As the Mature Soul Age comes to be anchored and momentum increases, the meaningful values of the past Soul Age paradigms are carried forward and elevated, but the limited and restrictive uses of those values are left behind. It has become clear in many ways who are invested in and attached to the limited values of the past and who seek to move forward with elevation and expansion. On a more personal level, we can say that we see most of our students coming out of and rising out of any effects that Self-Destruction they may have had over the past 11 months or so. This may come slowly or in bursts of clarity and energy over December, but most of our students are likely to feel this relief. Any collective displays of Self-Destruction/Greed will likely be seen as a natural display of the last gasps of resistance to collective evolution, even if it is a difficult display. On this personal level of rising out of any effects of Self-Destruction, our students may see more clearly what systems have been in place in their own lives that have locked them in limited ideas and ideals about their value and meaning in life. Many of our students may realize the absurdity of their attachment, investment, and even blindness to their own patterns of behavior, choices, or paths that have served only to lock them in an outdated and outgrown sense of self. December may bring a sense of catching up with yourself in ways that forgive your sadness and confusion over the past many months or even years and open you up to inviting an updated and progressive system of value and meaning more fitting for who you are NOW. We suggest that you allow yourself to have December to catch up with yourself, and then go from there into the new year to explore who and how you are as a person free of limited and outdated values that no longer serve you. We will return to this subject in further detail in January. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): December 8th - 12th -- Energy Shift -- RELEASE/COLLAPSE -- This shift brings with it an energy that supports a final look at any investments one has in outdated and limited values and a new look at an elevated, updated, and more meaningful set of values that support progress. For those who embrace this progress, there may come a sense of relief and release as you allow those attachments to dissolve. For those who are desperately attached to these outdated and limited values, this is likely a shift that brings a momentum of collapse. December 21st - 27th -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - This Nexus brings with it a kind of Infinite Soul “check-in” that either contributes to the eventual Manifestation of Infinite Soul or to the eventual retraction of the Infinite Soul. This Convergence brings with it all of the parallels that are closest together in a collective commitment to collective evolution and healing, or those closest together in a collective trajectory of self-destruction and further wounding. This may be a window where our students can see or sense more clearly which direction humanity is heading. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER DECEMBER: THIS IS OUR TIME - December may be a good time for playing with the concept that this is not just your life, not just about you, and that life is not just personal. However private and personal a life may be, it contributes to the fabric of shared reality and collective evolution. No single life is ever an isolated event. Every life is a contribution. Every life matters. Every choice helps shape the future of everyone. However distant, private, and personal your life may seem, consider yourself as part of something bigger, something vast and beautiful, something meaningful in ways that are not always obvious in the routines and demands of being alive. You are part of a movement, a part of the world, a part of humanity. Whether you like it or not, or know it or not, or can see it or not, you are alive during a massive collective shift where your private and personal choices matter to everyone. This realization is not about adding another pressure on you, but about sharing the pressure you thought was only on you. Let others in. Talk to others. Ask others if they need help. Ask others for help. Play with participating in a broader spectrum of experiences by being experimental and taking risks in reaching out. In short, play with being more of who you are, not less. BONUS PREVIEW: 2020 OVERLEAVES (subject to change before January) ROLE: Sage (emphasized all year) CENTER: Higher Emotional (emphasized all year) GOAL: Submission (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Power (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Spiritualist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Deprecation (emphasized Oct - Dec)
  11. 46 points
    MEntity: Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. We are speaking to you today under the general request for our perspective on "the state of the planet." This is a pivotal year for humanity. There are pivotal years for individuals, for relationships, for families, for communities, for nations, for continents, and humanity. For a year to be pivotal for humanity, it means that every level of pivoting is happening on a large scale. In other words, it is not just people here and there, or families here and there, or communities here and there, or a country or two, but many individuals, many relationships, most families, most communities, most nations, and most continents. We remind you that a "pivotal year" is a result of a pattern or patterns that have escalated in the need for necessary and vital change to disrupt those patterns so that one either makes a breakthrough or has a breakdown. We cannot say if this pivotal year for humanity will bring a breakthrough or a breakdown because that is yet to be seen. One of the greatest causes for this pivotal year to lead to a breakdown for humanity comes from the combination of INFORMATION GLUT and ANTI-TRUTH. First, if one is participating in modern society, one is taking in too much information, period. You are bombarded with news, opinions, perspectives, advertising, choices, decisions, threats, pressures, etc. that demand of you absorb and process all of it effectively. When one is in an Information Glut, it becomes noise. It no longer serves you in terms of making decisions or choices and tends to leave one paralyzed and waiting for something to distract, disrupt or change. When information turns into noise, the Truth then becomes vulnerable. When the Truth becomes vulnerable, then it can be targeted and dismantled. It is a bit of a misnomer to say that "truth becomes vulnerable and targeted and dismantled." It would be more accurate to say that one's capacity for discernment is compromised and that makes one vulnerable to manipulation. There is a difference between not knowing the truth, and not wanting to know the truth, or rejecting the truth, and ignoring the truth. There are more people than ever who are now rejecting or ignoring the truth. To help in this pivotal period for humanity, it will be helpful for our students to consider: WHERE AM I IGNORING OR REJECTING THE TRUTH? And DO I NEED A BREAK TO CATCH UP WITH MYSELF? We can suggest that while information can be compelling and important, trust yourself if you know you are taking in too much. By giving yourself permission to step away, step back, to give yourself time to process, you strengthen your capacity to invite, discern, and sustain the truth. These two factors: Information Glut and Anti-Truth are far more of a threat to humanity than even the environmental concerns, wars, disease, famine, etc. because the rejection of truth and the fatigue from noise reduces every possibility for recovery or solution for all other threats. We cannot stress this enough: Truth, Love, and Energy are building blocks of your universe, both in literal terms and in terms of one's experience of existence. If one of these is rejected or denied or ignored, collapse is imminent. Ironically, Love nor Energy are under assault or in danger of being rejected. But Truth is in danger. Truth will exist with or without humanity, so when we say that Truth is in danger, we mean that humanity's trust and receptivity to the truth are in danger. In this pivotal year for humanity, the Infinite Soul candidates are all aligned by now and if there are Manifestations, the emphasis will likely be themed in Truth. Infinite Soul Manifestation probabilities are now at 88%. Humanity could resolve environmental threats and threats of war, oppression, division, economic collapse, etc, but if Truth is lost, so is the capacity to resolve these threats. We can delineate various areas of concern for humanity at this time, but this is the primary and key concern for those students who want to understand and help in contributing toward the shift toward breakthrough. If our students wish to help contribute toward patterns of breakthrough, we suggest the following: 1 - Remember that the Truth is simple. Truth is never complicated. It can be complex, but not complicated. 2 - Face your own Truths. Truth exists on a Personal, Community/Global, and Universal Level. If you tend to avoid your own Truths, it makes it easier to avoid shared and universal Truths. In other words, be honest with yourself about yourself. This means you must stop lying to yourself about even the most superficial of things, such as your degree of beauty, worth, and acceptability. These are qualities of a person that never have a single or conclusive truth. If you have decided you are ugly, you are ignoring the truth that many do not agree. If you have decided you are unlovable, you are ignoring the truth that many would not agree. And so on. But we also speak about the lies you may tell yourself in other ways, as well. 3 - Take a break from curated reality. Reality is a collection of truths that shape your perception. When your reality is no longer in your own hands, but in the hands of sources that curate what you read and see, you exist in a curated reality. Curated reality may or may not be truthful, but direct experience cannot be beaten. The State of the Planet this year is one that could be described as PRECARIOUS, but these turning points are simply growing pains. We survived many. We will open the queue now for 3 questions to start: ***QUEUE IS NOW OPEN*** Maureen: At this time, what do you see as the probability for each of the top 5 Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, one of which will be running for president against Trump, that they could/would beat Trump if they were to be the nominee? MEntity: It is the same probabilities for all: This currently stands at 58%. The reason it is the same probability for each is that it is not the candidate that determines this election, but the voters. It may be anticipated that one candidate over another may result in fewer voters or losing voters, but those who are voting for the corrupt King are voting for the corrupt King, regardless of any claim or assumption that they are weighing options. Maureen: Thank you!! NEXT Luciana: like you to comment on the political situation in Brazil. I see that people here usually idolize politicians and then the person's favorite politician becomes someone who can't be criticized. And if you criticize this politician the person who is a kind of fan of this politician thinks that you are against Brazil. And there are people who, I admit that I'm in this group, have lost faith in politics and think that it makes no difference who they vote for. Luciana: because it doesn't matter who the politicians are there for their own interest and nobody is interested in improving the country. Luciana: so I'd like you to comment a little bit on this scenario that I see in Brazil. MEntity: In the best and strongest of democracies, the cult of personality can wear away and diminish that democracy. Cult of personality requires that the truth be disregarded and when the truth is disregarded, everything becomes dependent upon that personality. Effectiveness may be diminished when there are cults of personality and corruption involved, but there are many ways in which one makes a difference. It will always serve you well to consider that there are ways to make a difference, even as you may be worried that no one cares or that you cannot make a difference. In other words, it does matter who the politician is. NEXT Royce: I am incredibly susceptible to infoglut and influence from others. This has added to confusing relationship patterns where I just add to the noise rather than have a fixed perspective, having a fixed perspective on what the truth is also feels so incredibly unnatural to me but I recognize many others don't seem to have that issue and it is obvious what the " right" perspective is. I want to join humanity and cut through the chaos of perspectives. You say that the truth is simple and that it does not harm but how could you help someone like me ( I assume there are others) who sees that simplicity in multitudes of perspective? What can a chaotic/confused mind do to trust one truth/path to focus on over another, even when other perspectives have their slivers of truth too? I want to be on the " right" side of the future but god I find it hard to trust one truth over another when there is so much we don't KNOW yet. The only answer that comes to me is " Play and choose anyway" when it comes to infoglut MEntity: From what we can see in your words, you are not speaking about the truth. You are speaking of something else. What is an example that confuses you so that we can more directly address this question? Royce: ok, let's say veganism. I have been vegan for 6 years now and it has always seemed simple and obvious to me but over the last couple years it has become less simple and obvious and I still choose it but I also am just adding to the confused noise when I speak on it. there are SO MANY truths around a subject like this Royce: and many leave because of that infoglut Royce: so how can you really trust in the midst of the noise? Royce: so that my voice is not messy but maybe useful again MEntity: We think we understand and will respond. Royce: thanks angel, I understand my question was a bit infoglutty itself MEntity: Veganism is when one actively chooses to reduce harm to others as much as possible, in particular, those animals who are subject to unnecessary and extreme cruelty and suffering. Veganism is another word for Compassion. Compassion is the choice to care for and reduce the suffering of others. The truth is that when one has a choice, one CAN refuse to participate in the cruelty and suffering of others. If one does not have a choice, one may or may not be able to refuse in that participation. But it will remain true that when one has a choice, one CAN. The rest of the noise is distraction. The path to how one reduces that harm is one that may vary among individuals, but this will still have no bearing on that simple Truth that if one has a choice, one CAN refuse to participate in or contribute to the cruelty and suffering. Royce: yeah , the spiritual takes and other teachings dealing with abstract " body needs" throw me for a loop the most but when i return to simplicity it usually is " because I have a choice" MEntity: As we said, the rest is noise. There are no justifications when one has a choice. Royce: thanks angels MEntity: This is an example of a simple truth. Keep in mind that when one has a choice, there will still need to be a path and those paths may vary in pace and possibility for how one can actively choose compassion. Choices build upon choices. There are no Sentient Species in existence who have to cause cruelty and suffering to exist. They may cause cruelty and suffering, but they do not have to. They have a choice. And every Sentient Species creates their path toward Compassion. This is called Soul Age. NEXT Brian: What would a breakdown vs breakthrough look like over the next five years? MEntity: We do not know. Bobby: lol Brian: LOL MEntity: Breakdowns on this scale tend to lead to a kind of reset of some form on a large scale. Breakthroughs on this scale tend to lead to leaps forward in ways that bring all of humanity closer. We can say that all of you will survive this either way, but we only know you in your futures that came from a breakthrough. We will conclude here for today. We have much more to say about this pivotal year and we will continue our discussion with you in further exchanges. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
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    ENERGY REPORT July 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) JULY brings with it the move of focus to the Attitude of the year, which is REALIST. The shift of focus away from Observation Mode and onto Realist Attitude may come as fairly jarring for some of our students. The shift may be of such surprise that students find their dreams amplified in bizarre and even disturbing ways, or find their bodies suddenly processing a burst of old raw pain and grief that has unknown origins or meaning, or find that there is a sudden snap into sharp focus the reality of the demands of existence while also struggling against an almost hypnotic and sedating drone of reality that is just too much to keep taking in at once. In any case, most students will note this shift because the shift dives from the more distanced experience of Observation Mode and straight into the Negative Pole of Realist: SUBJECTIVITY. The Attitude of Realist is all about the perspective of WHAT IS. There is no interpretation, no speculation, no extrapolation, no embellishment or projection. It is all about seeing what IS, even if one would rather not. Most of our students are fairly clear and aware of reality as it exists independently from interpretation, but it is still difficult not to color reality with one’s own method of making sense of it. In many cases our students make sense of reality by distancing themselves from the areas of reality that are less interesting or more intimidating. July may change that. With the dive directly into Subjectivity, it means that you approach WHAT IS from the negative poles of the intellect and emotions. This means that your attachments (sentimentality) and your reasoning are triggered in defense. There is a blurring of reality between what is, what is not, and where you are in that mix. You simply react with reasoning for protecting that to which you are attached. Reasoning, the negative pole of the intellect, is a process of justifying and explaining one’s interpretation of experiences and events. Sentimentality (attachment), the negative pole of emotion, is a process of hanging on to and protecting only the symbols (not the reality) of what is important to you. SUBJECTIVITY, then, is all about being too close to What Is and trying to make sense of what is and your feelings about what is. This is where opinions come in and personal feelings and preferences and tastes, but not reality as it exists on its own. Subjectivity is a Negative Pole because it means that one is “too close” to What Is and has lost perspective between what IS, what IS NOT, and where you are in that mix. While the Realist will always see what is, Subjectivity makes it difficult for the Realist to see all of what is. July may be fairly draining and exhausting as you climb up and out of Subjectivity to Objectivity. Feelings can be overwhelming while in Subjectivity because they are only about how one feels about what is, not about what one can do about changing what is. It is all about reasoning and explaining What Is without fully understanding What Is. What we can suggest for our students over July is to keep a journal or record or mental note of your reactions to personal and world events that feel too close to you or so close that it is difficult to know how to respond or what to do. Note what “triggers” you and explore any patterns you see in your notes. When you can become aware of what keeps you from effectively dealing with What Is, you can more easily move into Objectivity, the Positive Pole of Realist. We will speak more on Objectivity in the weeks ahead. Depending on how our students experienced their exploration of Flow and Observation in the earlier part of the year, we may find that Objectivity comes sooner than later. This would mean a more rational and streamlined approach to What Is. When in the Positive Pole, the Intellect helps sort reality into what is, what is not, and where you are in the midst of that. The Negative Pole blurs these together in mix of feelings and confusion. When in the Positive Pole, the Emotions inspire and bring clarity of perception to help sort what is, what is not, and where you in the middle of that. In general, we can say to “ride out” July and “hang in there” until August when there is more distance between you and what is and what is not. NOTE: there will be some students who have moved almost directly into Objectivity and these students would likely have a minor struggle at the end of June or beginning of July and then a burst of motivation, enthusiasm, and focus for changing something important to them in their personal life. If you recognize this, you are already in Objectivity. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): July 1st - 5th -- Energy Shift -- MORE AGITATION - July may start off as June did but with even more of an agitating wave of energy that marks this shift of focus away from Observation/Passion Mode into Realist Attitude. Depending on one’s resistance to or lack of expression and inspiration, the agitation may be so intense that it exhausts the body and drops you yet again into a bizarre fatigue, or restless sleep or hyperactive dreams. Others may simply feel annoyed, while others may feel a sense of motivation and curiosity about renewed efforts for solutions or directions. JULY - NO NEXUS HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER JULY: PATIENCE IS A NOT A VIRTUE, IT IS A NECESSITY - Continuing with the theme of June, there is a pattern of “waiting” again in July; a sense of going about your business as events unfold behind the scenes as you patiently await. This may bring up anxiety or distraction, but patience is a necessity. Patience is not about remaining civil and dignified in the face of delayed satisfaction, it is about holding your space and your focus as a form of satisfaction. In other words, enjoy yourself as best you can while you deal with the reality of what is.
  13. 46 points
    ENERGY REPORT May 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) MAY arrives almost unexpectedly and with some surprise as the months of 2019 begin to “blur” together with little to nothing differentiating them. This is part of the effect of Flow in the Negative Pole. Until there is a “slide” into meaningful Acceptance or Discrimination on a collective level, this will continue to be the case and the sense of inevitability and point of no return will escalate. As the Mode of Observation continues to be emphasized, it may seem to many of our students that there is only a Negative Pole position of Surveillance in relation to events in the world. This is a position that feels as if one must simply watch from a distance the unfolding of events and have little to no effect on them. Because of the lack of collective Positive Pole navigation of the first few months of this year, many of our students may find that they turn their attention back to the details of their personal lives and focus on what can be done there. Many of our students are Observing their lives from the Positive Pole of Clarity and improving the Flow of their lives from the Positive Pole of Freedom as they increase Productivity (Moving Center) and Creativity (Artisan). Ironically, this is precisely what is needed for many to do as a way to contribute to a collective return of navigation through the Positive Poles. We think that most of our students are in a process of deep and personal reflection regarding their more immediate necessities and care and this is helping free up energy and power that can then be directed toward grander visions and projects. May has a strong energy of support for self-care, self-reflection, clarity, and calm recollection of yourself. Some of you may have felt a surge of intensity as if “hitting a wall” with your patience and flexibility. This is not a bad sign. For those who experienced this over the end of April and beginning of May, it is an experience that is reminding you of your limits and/or an unlocking of permission for your power. Many are in a state of inner conflict over how to navigate challenges in life and in the world that force them to behave in ways that are unnatural to them, such as “getting angry,” “drawing a line,” clarifying boundaries and redefining themselves in terms of ethical and compassionate choices and actions. We think that most of our students will have “that moment” over the next 30 to 90 days if they have not experienced it, yet. As you navigate May, enjoy your moments of calm and embrace your moments of power. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): May 4th -- Energy Shift -- GROUNDING - A shift toward calm, patience, and persistence that may prompt students to step back, pause, reconnect, realign, and focus on something that brings and shares joy. This shift may carry in effect for the rest of May. May 18th - 21st -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - A merging of parallels that are focused on emotional closure, emotional peace, True Grounding, and being “done” with unnecessary struggles and challenges, all while reclaiming a certain amount of collective power and pleasure through revitalizing social connections and directions. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER MAY: TOGETHER, WE STAND; TOGETHER, WE SIT - Collective forces are not always about moving forward, but about taking a moment to authentically look at each other instead of looking ahead. Our students may feel a desire to reach out, reach back, and truly acknowledge those in the life who are of meaningful and vital love, friendship, and kindness. Allow yourselves to sit down together and look at each other even as you know you must return to standing up and looking forward together.
  14. 44 points
    Hey everyone! As one of the first things I plan to do for the community in this time of great uncertainty, I am adding a Michael Speaks to the schedule for March 21st at 1pm Eastern. I know a few of you have used your hard-earned money to get a jump on Michael's insights for this pandemic and that is extremely generous of you. I don't want any of you to feel you have to do that, so I wanted to offer up this free/donation session. If you would like to help support the site, community, me, and more events like this, please consider donating here. MICHAEL SPEAKS: Pandemic 2020 MARCH 21st, 1pm EASTERN I will not be announcing this beyond this thread so as to keep this more intimate for our TLE community members and not a spectacle. SPECIAL GUIDELINES: Considering the focus that may be required for this session, it will be a specially-formatted session with 1 to 3 people designated to ask questions on everyone's behalf. APPOINTED QUESTIONERS: The students who will be asking the questions on behalf of the community will be announced here soon. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS HERE: If you have questions that you would like to have asked on your behalf, please post them in the thread here. Be clear, be concise, be as direct as possible as usual. It is not guaranteed that your question will be asked. See you at 1pm Eastern on Saturday in the usual chat room! Troy
  15. 43 points
    MEntity: Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We will begin. We understand the topic requested is about navigating collective and personal crises and we will speak on this a bit before opening the floor to your questions. First, we will define Crisis as any event or experience that overwhelms the Intellectual, Emotional, and Moving Centers to such as extent as to generate paralysis, panic, or pain. The Intellect can be overwhelmed and the Emotional and/or Moving Centers step up, or the Emotional Center can be overwhelmed but the Intellectual and/or Moving Centers step up, but when all three Lower Centers are overwhelmed, it is a crisis. There are various types of Crises, but the type of Crises that we see most of our students enduring over the past 1 to 3 years has been what would be termed an Existential Crisis. An Existential Crisis is the sudden shock or slow wave of conclusion that life and existence have no point or meaning. It is the stripping away of aliveness, spirit, and pleasure from nearly every element and layer of life. An Existential Crisis comes when there is a lack of answer or unsatisfying answer or unwanted answer to "what is the point?" Most fragments have an Existential Crisis during the 4th Internal Monad when they have asked themselves to define themselves on their own terms vs the terms taught to them. When one must decide who one is instead of being told who one is, it can throw one into an Existential Crisis as the responsibility of defining oneself on one's own terms can be daunting. The reactionary defense to this Existential Crisis can be to return to the familiarity of youth and try to recapture that in some way. This is why many who have a "midlife crisis" will suddenly return to inappropriately immature behaviors to resist "growing up" and defining themselves. The Existential Crisis that most of our students recognize as being in effect now is this very same rite of passage, or "internal monad" but on a mass scale. The shift between Young to Mature requires this process similar to the 4th Internal Monad. As humanity must begin to define itself on its own terms, rather than on the terms handed down by generations before them, it is quite daunting. It is already daunting to do something such as this in the individual life, but billions are now participating in some way in this collective shift. What you are finding is that the comforting foothold of familiarity and tradition and consensus and status quo are no longer accessible to any of you. Suddenly, everyone has a new standard for existence. Everyone has a new opinion about what is priority and what is meaningful. Suddenly, everyone is speaking up, standing up, stepping up. For those who refuse to grow, the resistance and defense will be to fight as hard as possible to return to what was familiar, unquestioned, traditional, "great again." For those who are listening and learning and willing to grow such as our students, the Crisis is one where you have pitted yourself against the masses, or feel as if you have been pitted against the masses. Suddenly, your familiar and comfortable ideas about who you are in your world are now measured against who you are in THE world. Are you doing enough, being enough, helping enough, paying attention enough, thoughtful enough, together enough, etc. And if you see no evidence of this vague "enough," then your entire existence, meaning, and value come into question. This is the older souls' way of reactionary defense. It is a regression into Young Soul tactics for motivation and meaning. You are using outdated methods of motivation and meaning in a new world where those tactics do not work. There is something comforting in berating yourself, pushing yourself, scolding yourself, diminishing yourself, being competitive, rewarding yourself, punishing yourself, even if this means losing and feeling loss. The world of winning and losing makes more sense to you than the new world of BEING. However Old your soul, you have never lived in a Mature or Old Soul world before. Old habits die hard, so to speak, and while you are willing to listen, learn, and grow, you are in an Existential Crisis because meaning has always been handed to you before, and now you know you must create it on your own. And to do this while everyone else is doing the same. At the moment it likely feels as if all of this is only relentless noise. And you are correct. But that is the noise of evolution. Many of you associate this Crisis with the shock and aftershock of the Presidential Election in the United States, but the Crisis began long before this around 1987 when the Harmonic Convergence was implemented. From that point the acceleration in instant global communication began. Instant and real-time communication on an ever more accessible and massive scale brought the breakdown in your little worlds and personal realities that were so cozy and familiar, even if with their own struggles. Climate Change, Political Conflict, Economic Disparity, Social Injustices, etc. existed long before the recent years, but you are no longer receiving bits and pieces about these subjects for easy dismissal or digestion. Now "everyone" is speaking up and "everyone" is listening. When you are subject to so much noise, you begin to shut down and move into Crisis mode. What we speak of today will not address every student's concerns or circumstances, of course, but this is a general state of crisis that we find among most of our students. What we can suggest as a general method for navigating this type of Crisis is to "digitally detox" on a regular basis, so to speak. We cannot stress enough how much our students might need to "unplug" and turn their attention to nature, but also to live at least one day a month, if not every week, AS IF everything is ok. This not a suggestion to ignore collective issues or personal issues, but that if you have the option to give yourself a day of simply BEING, it goes a long way in returning to your days of doing. We know we cannot resolve the nuances of all of our students' varying degrees of crises, but what we speak of today may help bring some insight from which to then expand later. We will open the floor now for questions for as long as our channel can. ****QUEUE IS NOW OPEN**** Wendy: Thank you Michael. I really resonate and see how I have been trying to use young soul tactics for motivation and meaning and want to move away from that but don't know what that would look like. Can you tell us more about creating our own meaning? MEntity: Mature Soul tactics for motivation and meaning tend to be "for the sake of." For example, loving for the sake of loving. Baking for the sake of baking. Playing for the sake of playing. Making money for the sake of making money. Watching TV for the sake of watching TV. In other words, the choice to participate in your life in any way is not motivated by payoffs and rewards, or avoidance of punishment. You do things because they are there to do. You enjoy things because you enjoy them. There is no need to justify or compare. You care because you care. You help because you can help. You take care of yourself because you need to take care of yourself. And so on. Wendy: Are there old soul tactics? Or is it all about the mature ones? MEntity: Alongside all of this, you also allow room for when you cannot help, or ask for help when you cannot help yourself, etc. The younger soul looks for meaning in advance of doing or being something, while the older soul creates meaning after or during the doing or being. The Mature Soul tactics are part of the range we would describe as "older soul" tactics. Wendy: Okay thank you. We can discuss Old Soul tactics for meaning and motivation in another exchange as the Old Soul tactics are actually no longer tactics. Next, UMA Uma: Hello Michael, I have been doing exactly what you suggest, unplugging from the news as much as possible, but navigating the nightmare reality show that fuckface has turned our world into is very tricky. Uma: Things seem to be moving quickly now, and I'm sure that impeachment is almost 100% likely. What is your number now for impeachment? And what about conviction in the Senate? what's the percentage of that likelihood? And what is the latest on the IS showing up? any change in that likelihood? Uma: Last time I asked the percentage for re election was higher than impeachment! I hope that has changed now. MEntity: Nothing has changed much since you last asked, but we can say that a significant update may be available near the end of December. We have no significant updates at the moment. Uma: Okay! Thank you. NEXT, Maureen Maureen: Michael, referring to you saying that “The shift between Young to Mature requires this process similar to the 4th Internal Monad.” What Stage of this Internal Monad are we in at this time? MEntity: This would be the equivalent of a shift between the 3rd Stage of REALIZATION and the 4th Stage of MANIFESTATION. The process is "stuck" at Stage 3 in terms of completion. The 1st and 2nd Stages were completed in the Positive Poles, but the 3rd is in the Negative Pole which has carried over to the Negative Pole of the 4th Stage. The shift to the Positive Poles is likely to come by March of 2020, but we will have to look again. Maureen: Thank you! MEntity: One more question and we must conclude after that. NEXT, DianeHB DianeHB: Going back to the move into crisis mode because of the overwhelming "noise," and urgency of the various global issues, what is your suggestion if it doesn't feel like one is doing "enough" because it seems like the issues we're facing are at emergency levels, and that allowing ourselves to "be" and do what we like isn't enough? MEntity: "Enough" will never seem enough until it is enough. Until then, "enough" is often an unknown quantification. In addition to this, one cannot measure one's individual ideas of "enough" against the collective need for enough. One can only know the limits of what one can contribute. If one wishes to ensure that one is doing enough, we can suggest that you are honest about your limitations and your strengths, and when you reach your limit, do or be a little more. We suggest this because you cannot determine if you have done enough, but you can always determine if you can do more. And it is okay if you cannot do more. It is better that you do well what you can do than to destroy your ability to do anything at all. Allowing yourselves to be and do what you like does not have to be in contradiction to doing and being enough. Honesty is vital for assessing if "doing what you like" is in contradiction to doing and being enough. The issues being faced are at levels that warrant such concern, but as long as it is possible, you must give yourselves days of joy and pleasure and community and kindness and rest as much as you give yourselves tasks and challenges and work to do. There is a reason there is True Work, True Play, True Rest, and True Study. All of these must be nurtured in some way even the most pressing of times for the greatest effectiveness. DianeHB: That makes a lot of sense. Thank you MEntity: We will conclude here for today. The collective consciousness is growing and evolving. The world is changing and for the better in nearly every way. Neither of these may seem true at the moment, but they are. One need only look back at the history of humanity to see that no setback ever stops your evolution away from chaos and toward beauty, away from violence and toward compassion, away from scarcity and toward abundance, away from oppression and toward freedom. Enough of you understand that what you contribute matters and this is what has "saved" humanity every single time. Sometimes we need to remind you. Sometimes that is all you may need. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
  16. 43 points
    I've finally made a list I wanted to do for a long time. But where should it be shared?? @Janet @Troy The 7 Choices The 7 Basic Rights -- from OMW - Tending To Your 7 Basic Rights The 7 Circles of Abandonment The 7 Circles of Conscience -- from a Ask Michael session The 7 Degrees of Chaos (might be posted later) The 7 Degrees of Risk (might be posted later) The 7 Emotions The 7 Facets of Mastery The 7 Facets of Role -- NMW The 7 Forms of Guilt -- from "Guilt 101" The 7 Forms of Social Change The 7 Kingdoms of Lifeforms The 7 Levels of Choice The 7 Levels of Essence Contact The 7 Levels of Mind The 7 Levels of True Community - from "Community" The 7 Metaphysical Strengths & Living Without Fear The 7 Methods of Choice The 7 Nobilities -- from OMW - Choice vs Circumstances The 7 Phases of Manifesting - in "Manifesting" The 7 Planes of Existence The 7 Points/States of Wakefulness/Sleep -- from OMW - "You and Your Realities" The 7 Rings of Love The 7 Spheres of Awareness of Essence The 7 Stages of Committment -- in a M Speaks session The 7 Stages of Fulfilling a Life Task The 7 Stages of Goal -- NMW session The 7 Stages of Internal Wholeness -- Maureen's private session The 7 Stages of The Next Step -- from OMW "The Next Step" The 7 Types of Dishonesty and Honesty The 7 Waves & Elements of The Michael Teachings The 7 Ways a Body Can Die or Be Wounded -- from M Speaks On Healing & Healers The 7 Goals, Modes, Attitudes, Body Types, Centers and Chief Features -- in Overleaves & Personality The 9 Circles of Community The 9 Karmic Sequences (Stories) The 9 Needs - from April 2009 The 9 Needs - from OMW March 2014 The 9 Pillars or Trues You and Your Subpersonalities - from OMW May 2011 (The 9 Potential Seeds of Subpersonalities) The 9 Realities The 9 Strengths and Weaknesses The 12 Components of Healing The 12 Cycles of Relevance - in OMW - Personal Cycles of Life, July 2012 The 12 Forms of Intimacy - in OMW - Intimacy and me, Feb 2014 - Here's a summarized version The 12 Agreements The 12 Positons in The Support Circle
  17. 42 points
    ENERGY REPORT April 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) APRIL comes in from an Energy Shift at the end of March that brought with it a burst of enthusiasm, curiosity, and optimism, and while this was received well by some students, it does not appear to have landed well for many of our students. Instead, this was a disorienting and agitating energy shift that had many of our students unsettled and disconnected. We think this is because of the “seasonal” shift of emphasis to the Mode that has many students left with a mix of extreme agitation and disconnection. April moves into an emphasis on OBSERVATION MODE and this has many of our students entering Observation through Surveillance, or the Negative Pole of Observation as the month begins. The combination of a fall into Surveillance and a burst of energy that would normally inspire enthusiasm somehow mixed into a scenario that may have felt more like a relentless demand and taunting that required retreat and recoiling. Those in Surveillance were not quite ready to be so engrossed and involved, so they retreated to a distance that was both a sense of protection, but also a sense of defeat. As the burst of energy subsides, students may begin to feel they can come forward and be more involved again because it would feel as if it is on their terms, not prompted by a burst of collective energy. We thought there would be a brief dip into Surveillance at some point in April, but now it appears that most of April may carry with it this sense of Surveillance, or this surreal sense of being apart from life, rather than a part of life. It is a sense of watching a river flow past you and a sense of daunting overwhelm to think of being a part of that flow. This entrance into Observation through Surveillance is normal, but it is also intensified for many because there is a deep desire to NOT be a part of the flow that seems to be in effect in the world at the moment. Many older souls would prefer to sit this out until the water clears. Many older souls see the collective river flow as muddy and rocky and moving too rapidly, so they want no part of that flow. It feels like it is not their world anymore or their flow or their story. The older soul may retreat and recoil into Surveillance to savor a tiny sphere of life that can be controlled and can be their own story. This can briefly feel comforting, but older souls also know better. They know this is a false comfort. And because they know this, there is a bit of resentful dread that can come up for the inevitable moment they know will come when they return to take part in the world again. Some of you know this more clearly than others and you “rip the bandaid off” and go back into the flow of life. Some of you are more resentful and dreading and prefer to hold out as long as possible, keeping your distance from the mess of life and the mess of people and the mess of evolution. However quickly or slowly you move back into participation, our students will likely begin to see the value in the Positive Pole of Observation, CLARITY, by the end of April or beginning of May. This is when the older soul may begrudgingly return to the truth that while they may not always be part of the pain and mess, they are always a part of the healing and clarity that is necessary to bring. When older souls opt out of participation in the world, the river of life shifts away from being a force that forges new paths, and turns into a force that erodes and entrenches old paths. This is not to say that older souls are responsible for forging new paths for humanity, but they cannot forge them at all without being a part of the collective mix of pain and mess and healing and clarity. For many of our students, this move through Observation over April, May, and June will be another fairly intense self-examination about how to balance caring for the self and sharing of the self. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): April 1st - 5th -- Energy Shift -- PRESSURE - What could have been a passionate and enthusiastic sense of participation in the life has turned into what could be described as a PRESSURE to participate in the life and a deep resentment for that pressure, resulting in agitation, retreat, and disconnection. April 19th - 22nd -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - A merging of parallels that are in the process of “cleaning up” patterns that have gone awry. This may translate into a need to, literally, clean your own home, address any outstanding issues in relationships, and generally sort through anything that could use some sorting. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER APRIL: YOU ARE NOT FORCED; YOU ARE THE FORCE - You are the force in your life that determines its direction. You are the force that contributes to the flow of collective forces that you witness from what seems to be a distance. What you see at a distance is a part of your force and not something to avoid, dismiss, or reject. To reject the collective force diminishes your own force and to withhold your force from the collective flow is to muddy the waters of that flow more than you may think. Remembering that you are not forced to participate, but that you are a force that chooses how to participate, can be helpful when you find yourself in retreat and defeat.
  18. 41 points
    Hey everyone! This is a quick update for anyone who has been affected by any delays caused by my on-going health issues. WHERE IS TROY? I have been lying low and enduring some really rough physical unwellness, but I am okay and just have some lovely ups and downs that I have to navigate. I am waiting for my various doctor appointments to help me to figure out what is going on with my poor little body, but what used to be bad days once in a while have turned into bad weeks that really throw me off. The wait time for appointments for the various doctors is 3 to 6 months, so unless I have an emergency scenario, I just have to endure my various symptoms as best I can until I can get to these appointments. Don't worry. I'm fine, just not... right, ...and these symptoms interfere with my focus, my ability to channel, and my energy. Crossing my fingers that this is just some wonky thing that has an easy fix in my precious chubby old body. THANK YOU Thank you to anyone and everyone who puts into practice their patience and compassion because it means the world to me. Being late with any session is embarrassing and I beat myself senselessly over it, so your kindness helps remind me to stop being mean to myself and just focus on getting shit done. The art of channeling is an incredible but fragile art that depends heavily on my well-being for it to work. The slightest headache, stomach ache, fatigue, even anxiety or sadness can slow down or interfere with the flow of exchange between me and Michael. I only have so much control over these symptoms and I can't anticipate when they will hit, so your understanding and patience are golden and vital. As many long-time students know,. I have these successful waves of being on top of everything and then these unruly waves of struggling to catch up. I don't know if those cycles will ever end for me and this work, but one thing I know 100% is... I always come through. Always. Delays are only for the benefit of sustaining a high standard of quality channeling. Your session will be the best it can be as long as I am your channel. That is more important to me than the embarrassment of delays. So thank you for your trust, understanding, and kindness. It matters. WHERE IS YOUR SESSION, WHOLESOULS MATERIAL, ESSENCE REPORT, GRAND CYCLE REPORT? MISSING SESSION: If you have a session that is missing, please open a Support Ticket just to ensure that we are tracking it properly. Please continue to be patient. Your session will be delivered ASAP! If you have already opened a ticket, please be patient. We are a very small team, but you are in good hands. WHOLESOULS MATERIAL: Best laid plans before the holidays went awry for various reasons, but we are getting back on track with new chapters posting soon and a scheduled LIVE CHAT for checking in with each other. Details will be announced in the Course this week! ESSENCE and GRAND CYCLE REPORTS: Though these were delayed a bit, they will soon be given a general schedule for completion and delivery. These have to be scheduled in a unique way that allows for the time they take to receive. If you ordered one, I will be opening a Support Ticket for you so you know when your report is coming and can be officially updated as I work through the reports. There aren't too many reports, so it shouldn't be too much of a wait, considering. SUPPORT: If you need any support for any of the above or anything at all that requires my specific attention and/or the attention of TeamTLE, please open a Support Ticket. It should be the only way you ask for help or for updates. Otherwise, your requests may not be seen. SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT SUPPORT TICKET ALERTS: When you see that you have an email alert for a ticket response, DO NOT REPLY TO THE EMAIL ALERT. Follow the link in the ticket back to the site and respond to your ticket on TLE. Otherwise, your reply goes nowhere. Just a heads up! Thank you again and let's make 2020 an amazing year! Troy [edit: UPDATE - Feb. 27, I’m still working on tickets and sessions! TeamTLE Janet does everything she can to respond to the tickets she can address, but please hang in there with me. My March is much more settled and ready for several marathon sessions.”]
  19. 40 points
    I offered my own guess as to what this meant, but after reading all of the various speculation in this thread, I thought I'd just better ask them directly. Here is their response:
  20. 40 points
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS & NEW YEAR! LET'S DO THIS! Happy Holidays to everyone around the world who make TLE such a magical and resourceful and supportive and comforting place to be. I have to state loudly and proudly that the people of TLE are at the heart of what helped me ride through a mentally and emotionally turbulent year in 2019. I have had many different kinds of rough years so this isn't new to me, but who knew there would be so many different kinds of "rough years." And 2019 was a doozy, but I made it. We made it! So thank you for being the people you are and for adding so much to each other's lives. You make a world of difference. And we are going to live the hell out of 2020 and do our best to bring compassionate progress and powerful peace to our individual and collective lives. There are some fun and exciting things in the works for TLE if all goes as planned, so I'm really looking forward to 2020. I will soon post a list of new and improved events and changes that I think will be really meaningful for TLE! Thank you for enduring my rough times, my delays, my rants, my ups and downs... Thank you. Much love to all of you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
  21. 40 points
    Hey everyone! I'm checking in to let you know I'm alive and well and that I am getting back to work as soon as I give myself a bit of rest. For most of the year, I sit alone in my home for days on end with a great deal of my time in a trance and then Autumn comes around and I am rushed into a whirlwind of activities that really push my chubby little body! Suddenly I am surrounded by people and involved in great conversations and events at TLEGG and then we are off to NY Comic Con where I am on my feet and in a massive crowd for four days straight and then birthdays come all in a row and then the holidays... WHOOSH! Right now I am recovering (in a good way) from the TLEGG and Comic Con events that were such wonderful experiences this year. My soul is rejuvenated, but my body is getting grounded again. I will write up a separate post about these events soon. You know how there are experiences, events, and people who can drain you? Well, events and experiences like TLEGG do the opposite! They FILL you... even OVER-fill you... but when it is all over, that charge starts to drain and you begin to settle back into your normal state. It can feel surreal and sad and sometimes even depressing as that incredible charge drains back to normal. It's really important to let that overcharge be an inspiration and not just let it drain into the earth as sadness. So if you were at TLEGG or if you have any exciting events in your life, let the charge settle back into normal, but don't mistake that as a bad thing. Let that overcharged state burn off any blocks to your inspiration and passion and return to your life with strength and focus when you are ready. I will be back to work this week and doing my best to catch up with you and myself! Thank you for your love, patience, and understanding! Troy
  22. 39 points
    ENERGY REPORT September 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) SEPTEMBER brings a slow but steady shift away from Realist Attitude and toward the exploration of Chief Feature of Self-Destruction. As September moves forward, we think there will likely develop a clear distinction between those in the world at large who have remained in the Negative Pole, Subjectivity, and those who have secured a fairly confident Positive Pole, Objectivity. Many remain in Subjectivity and will have a difficult time differentiating between “what is the truth” and “what is my truth.” Subjectivity only informs you about what is true for you, not necessarily what is the truth. Subjectivity tends to blind one to the truth and prompts one to uphold their own truths as more important than the truth. You may see this happening around you as individuals emphasize how they FEEL over what is TRUE. Subjectivity makes the intention, motivation, circumstances, and results of someone’s actions or choices less important than how someone feels about those intentions, motivations, results, or circumstances. For example, when in Subjectivity, the reality and truth of those who are immigrating are less important or not as important at all compared to how people feel about immigration and immigrants. When in Subjectivity, the reality and truth of a child coming out as gay to his parents are less important or not as important at all compared to how the parents feel about homosexuality, sin, and disappointment. When in Subjectivity, the reality and truth of the challenges in one’s life are less important or not important at all compared to how one feels about those challenges. Subjectivity rejects information. Objectivity invites information. Much of what has grown to become “internet outrage” is born of Realist Attitude in the Negative Pole, Subjectivity. The truth and reality of a situation are less important or not as important at all compared to how one feels about that truth and reality. As September moves forward, it may become quite clear who has decided to reject information in favor of how they feel and who has decided to invite information regardless of how they feel, both in the world at large and in your personal life. Realist Attitude is on the Axis of the Moving Centers and most of what is considered “feelings” are, literally, feelings. They are reactions or responses in the body. Emotions are not the same thing as “feelings.” Emotions are all about perception, but how one Physically reacts or responds to what is perceived is what generates “feelings.” For those who insist on feelings over the truth, the impact of Self-Destruction may come fairly intensely over the end of the year. Self-Destruction is on the Axis of the Intellectual Centers, so Self-Destruction often comes as a rejection of or lack of Insight, or information. With a rejection of the truth and rejection of insight and rejection of information and all emphasis on feelings, it is quite difficult to navigate. In most cases where Self-Destruction shows up, there is a spiraling implosion or an escalating explosion leading to a breaking point that becomes a means of self-punishment or a wish to punish others. We will speak more to Self-Destruction as October arrives, but if any of our students are feeling a slow or escalating trajectory toward punishment of self or others, even if unintentionally, we can suggest now that you do your best to shift your attention to THE TRUTH, not your FEELINGS. Remember: your feelings are a PART of the truth because they tell you how you feel about what you have perceived or learned or experienced, but they are not THE truth or the whole truth. If you seek to evolve, be open and willing to see the greater reality of which you are a part. This means honoring your feelings, but not defining everything only by how you feel. This will likely be quite important as our students move toward more and more conscious choices necessary for shifting the personal and collective world toward more desired directions. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): September 5th - 10th -- Energy Shift -- EMOTIONAL EVALUATION -- As September begins, many of our students are likely checking in with their emotions and assessing the health of those emotions. Have they been blocked? Are they overflowing? Are there storms brewing? Is there a leak? Is there a drought? Have they been put on ice? We use the metaphor of water here as there are likely symbolic events in the personal and/or collective world involving water that are a part of this emotional evaluation. [note: as this report comes after a hurricane, we note that this was part of the energy shift we describe] On the other side of this shift is likely a realization regarding the necessity for dealing with blocked or neglected emotions. September 19th - 21st -- NEXUS -- DIVERGENCE - This marks a first shift toward or away from Self-Destruction on a large scale. If there is a shift toward more collective Self-Destruction, it is likely being demonstrated in some way during the Nexus. If the Nexus window is fairly quiet and/or showcases a moving and meaningful event, the shift would likely be away from Self-Destruction. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER SEPTEMBER: FEELING IS NOT THE SAME THING AS HEALING - When one depends entirely upon “feelings” for navigation, reality, truth, intuition, guidance, decisions, the past, the future, etc, there will likely come a point where you realize you have cornered yourself into a very isolating existence. It can be quite painful and exhausting to do the work of rising above one’s feelings so that they are a PART of reality, not reality, itself. It is vital and meaningful to honor and include feelings as a part of any experience and navigation and healing, but if the only thing that matters to you is how you feel, it can be a powerful block to any real healing. Let yourself feel, but also, ask what is real.
  23. 37 points
    U.S.A., New York, New York City March 16th, 2020 This is getting scary. I'm not going to lie. I'm scared. Just a broad anxiety of uncertainty. A part of me is anchored and calm and trusts that this will not be as bad as it could have been, but another part of me is like... brace yourself, girrrl. This is gonna get rough. Maybe it is my sensitivity as a channel and I am just picking up all of the anxiety around me, but I know I have my own, as well. But yeah, I'm scared. I own it. As the city shuts down, my mind can't help but wonder about the consequences and the impact on everyday living for the next many months. I know we can survive this, but it is also a break in the chains of everyday living that can be exploited and trigger catastrophic collapse. I fear what our fake president will do to take advantage of all of this and postpone or cancel the next election. I worry about the use of Martial Law. Right now, it is expected that children will not even go back to school this year. Restaurants are closed, venues are shut down, social spaces closed, grocery store limitations, etc. My boyfriend is now relegated to working from home, which is a good thing, but a reminder of how serious this is. My younger neighbors are fleeing the city to return home before they are trapped here away from their families. It's unsettling to have my neighbors leave their plants with me because they don't know when they will return. We have stocked up on some pastas and rice and beans and protein bars, but it's not a lot. If there is a break in the food supply chain for NYC, we would be in big trouble. The streets are getting quieter, but still pretty busy. The feeling in the air is like it was after 9/11. Like a forced calmness over a terrified chaos. It was announced here in NYC that we should just assume we have already either contracted or come in contact with the virus. It is spreading that fast and that powerfully. They are no longer testing for or tracing or tracking. It is too far out of our hands. Now we just try to slow it or stop it. 2020 is now a huge part of history. Michael said we were heading toward a Turning Point. This is it.
  24. 37 points
    ENERGY REPORT August 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) AUGUST brings with it a deeper dive into Realist Attitude that may launch August into rough territories of the heart and mind as the negative pole continues to be emphasized. Realist Attitude is about seeing “what is,” and learning how to navigate through what is by keeping in perspective the whole picture, but when Realist is in the negative pole, Realist Attitude still sees what is, but loses the ability to see the whole picture and can no longer navigate through what is, and gets trapped in it. Rather than having the broader context, distance, and Objectivity of the positive pole, Realists in the negative pole fall into Subjectivity and this often means that “everything hurts” because they can only see what they can see. This can often lead to the creation of a loop of Subjectivity that assumes that what one sees is all that there is, and a process begins where the person in Subjectivity looks only for more evidence and support for what the Realist has decided is “what is.” We see August pushing deeper into this Subjectivity with even the most conscious of students having a difficult time seeing beyond what they see as “what is.” On a larger scale, you may see this play out in various ways that reveal how others see “what is” and how they work hard to continue to insist on their version of “what is,” or they do little to change what they have deemed as being “what is.” Groups will continue to form around their versions of “what is” and either push for more proof of what is, or resign to “what is.” On a more personal scale, our students may be feeling something similar in their own perspectives and philosophies about “what is” true about their lives and be locked in Subjectivity. What we can suggest to our students is that you must consciously choose to see more than what you see as “what is.” There is no magic or passive way about this. You must make that choice. You may not be able to see beyond what you can see at the moment, but you must make the choice. This means “sliding” to Cynicism, the partner Attitude on the same Axis. Cynicism is all about contradicting “what is” and being willing to see “what isn’t.” This does not mean making things up or seeing false realities, but being willing to see what you cannot so easily see. For example, if you see yourself as lonely, this is fair and valid, but it is not all that is true. No matter how much you insist on it being true, there are other factors and people and perspectives and actions and communication and care that can relieve loneliness. Contradicting your loneliness does not mean you are not lonely, but it opens a door to a broader possibility. The above is also helpful for looking at the world, politics, relationships, etc, that may sometimes be locked into Subjectivity in 2019. If you find yourself spiraling into a perspective of yourself, the world, relationships, etc. that convinces you that this is just “what is” and that you cannot change it or you find yourself looking for more evidence to support “what is,” you may be in Subjectivity. Some of our students may find that none of the above is relevant and that they have been able to sustain a distance and Objectivity that allows them to see all of what is. We can only suggest to these students, if they choose to do so, that they consider helping others to see more of what is so that they are not lost in Subjectivity. It is not helpful to insist on or preach or tell people that there is more than what they can see, but one can gently invite them to consider that there is more. And we do the same now to all of our students who may be locked in Subjectivity. There is more than what you see as “what is.” There is more. There is always more. There is more than loneliness, more than destruction, more than hate, more than violence, more than war, more than pain, more than illness, etc. Being willing to see more does not mean ignoring what is, but means that you allow and invite and create more to be alongside what is. For example, a catastrophic natural disaster may strike a population and there is no denying that this is “what is,” but it can be a life-saving choice to be able to see recovery, healing, resilience, kindness, community, etc., as part of the greater truth of what is. Be willing to contradict your accurate but limited perspectives and invite, create, or allow more so that “what is” does not consume you. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): August 1st - 5th -- Energy Shift -- EXTREME AGITATION - August starts off as June and July, but at a more extreme degree of agitation. Some of this agitation may be an undercurrent, but there will likely be an obvious extreme of agitation that triggers a burst of reactions. We can only suggest “riding this out” and getting to a more calming break around August 9 - 11. August 9th - 11th -- Energy Shift -- COMFORT - We see a short window of emphasis on comfort, kindness, patience, celebration, honor, etc. during these dates that may be on a personal scale or collective scale. AUGUST - NO NEXUS HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER AUGUST: REALITY IS MORE THAN WHAT IS REAL - Reality is not only made up of what you have determined is true, but includes what you do not know to be true, what you have ignored as true, and what you may find as a new level or angle of a truth you already know. Many of our students are quite open to reality beyond what they know as real, but this tends to be true only to a certain extent. Some of the most painful perceptions you may have about yourself, life, relationships, the future, the past, etc. can often be a resignation to “what is,” or a devoted and persistent effort to gather evidence to support only what you have known as “what is.” Be open. Be willing. Be Real.
  25. 37 points
    ENERGY REPORT June 2019 2019 OVERLEAVES ROLE: Artisan (emphasized all year) CENTER: Moving (emphasized all year) GOAL: Flow → Acceptance/Discrimination (emphasized Jan - Mar) MODE: Observation → Passion/Reserve (emphasized Apr - Jun) ATTITUDE: Realist (emphasized Jul - Sep) CHIEF FEATURES: Self-Destruction (emphasized Oct - Dec) JUNE arrives with an emphasis on an Observation or self-awareness of personal and global patterns of weakness, exhaustion, and blind spots that cannot be ignored or assumed to break by waiting for some future point to arrive. There appears to be a slow realization that “something” must be done in terms of action and employing the Moving Center to move away from Frustration (the negative pole of Moving Center). It is a slow realization that action must be taken, that you must do something. You cannot wait. You must get on board with your impulses to move and to take care of what is necessary and important to you and others, both personally and globally. This is not about impatience or being rash in your behavior or reactionary in behavior, but yet another wave of realization that there is still work to do and efforts to be made that seem daunting and/or uninteresting, but must receive your care. You have been in a waiting room lobby watching for the door to open for far too long and it may be time to go straight to that door and open it, yourself. What is on the other side is yet to be discovered, but the pattern of sitting, waiting, watching, and hoping may be over for you and a return to active, even if begrudging, participation may return in June. It could be said that Observation is sliding to Passion over June. We think that many of our students will begin a move away from the hope that “something will change” and that you should simply wait out or endure until things are better. This is a year where the importance of participation and creation come forward in ways that may never have been revealed to yourself before. It is always helpful to observe and step back and watch and learn, but this must be followed by effort, action, and direction. We think that many of our students may reach a point in June where it is realized that it is better to do SOMETHING that is meaningful even if the bigger picture remains unclear or still uncertain or disappointing. We suggest that our students allow their passion to come forward and rise in them and aim for what inspires you. Even if this seems to be a distraction, it is not. If it inspires you, it is never a distraction. It is a fuel for life and when inspiration is ignored, you lose fuel for life. This realization of the continued need for effort and action mixed with passion and inspiration is going to be helpful for when the ATTITUDE OF REALIST moves into focus in July. The more you allow yourself to nurture your passion and inspiration along with continued efforts and actions that focus on even the little things that matter to you, then Realist would come into the Positive Pole of Objectivity sooner so that you can sense of a clearer picture of your present and future. Give yourself permission and acceptance to seeing where you may be waiting for something and not actively participating in your life. Give yourself permission and acceptance for not knowing what to do or how to do it. Give yourself permission and acceptance to take a chance and aim for what inspires you, even if this means an indirect path toward an uncertain future. The future is created from the moments when you are present and active in your life NOW. The future is not something for which you must wait and hope to arrive. DATES OF INTEREST (dates are approximate): June 1st - 5th -- Energy Shift -- AGITATION - June may start off with an agitating wave of energy that marks a return to the use of one’s Moving Center and the shift of Observation toward Passion Mode. Depending on one’s resistance to or lack of action and inspiration, the agitation may be so intense that it exhausts the body and sinks you into bizarre fatigue. Others may simply feel restless or annoyed, while others may feel a sense of motivation and curiosity about renewed efforts for solutions or directions. JUNE 21st -- NEXUS -- CONVERGENCE - Another merging of parallels where inspired actions have increased and returned individually and collectively with a renewed enthusiasm for a better future. HELPFUL THOUGHTS OVER JUNE: WAITING VS WEIGHTING - There are many points in life where one must simply wait. One must be patient. One must understand that what one wants, desires, aims for, etc. takes time and energy and resources. It is important to know when you must wait. This is different from slowly being sedated and halted from any participation in life by the weight of existence. Both Waiting and Weighting can feel frustrating and painful, but Waiting still allows for participation. Weighting halts participation. If you find yourself withdrawing from several areas of your life as it disappoints, challenges, or hurts you, then you are Weighting yourself with the assumption that if you simply stop moving or participating, then the disappointments, challenges, and hurt will subside. This is a lie. Only participation allows for the transformation of disappointments, challenges, and hurt. This participation can come in terms of action, thoughts, inspiration, or understanding, but there must be some participation. If you find that you are under the Weight of life and not just Waiting, it may be helpful for you to just do one thing good for yourself or for someone else. Just that single effort can help lighten the weight and then you can do one more good thing, and then one more, and so on, until you are out from under the weight of life even if you still must wait sometimes.
  26. 36 points
    You all have made me cry. Bobby and I had a cathartic, emotional day all day yesterday and we think it was good for us. All kinds of stuff came up and we just sat together and cried. Not even for reasons we would think. We can handle the stress of financial strain and the stress of isolation, but it's the overwhelming sense of what is happening to everyone, not just us. And it all triggered all kinds of weird, old stuff, like the death of his mom from when he was a teen and my near-death in 2007... so weird and unexpected. But it was healing. I love all of you and hope we can create some community events soon that will help bring some relief, calm, love, connection, and inspiration to everyone. Thank you all for caring so much. It is truly moving.
  27. 35 points
    WORK IN PROGRESS All Overleaves for the list of Presidential Candidates for 2020 United States Election. Ongoing updates will be noted. Last update: March 3, 2020 NOTE: All Overleaves in the original post are channeled from Michael through Troy Tolley. Any additional channeling or sets of Overleaves for cross-reference and comparison can be posted in this thread with credit to the channel. Graphs for Democratic candidates (or former candidates) for whom we have Overleaves: Democratic Presidential Candidates 2020 DEMOCRAT Most of the original candidates have dropped out. Candidates who dropped out of the race before we could seek their Overleaves have been removed from the tables. Rather than removing those for whom we have Overleaves, the active candidates are at the top of the table. Candidate Soul Age / Level Casting / Role Cadre / Entity Goal Mode Attitude Chief Feature Other Active Biden 2nd Mature Scholar-cast Sage C2E1 Growth Perseverance Skeptic Arrogance Intellectual Center / Emotional Part Bloomberg 1st Mature Scholar-cast King C8E5 Dominance Passion Pragmatist Stubbornness, slides: Arrogance/Greed Arrogance Moving Center / Intellectual Part Manifesting Young Gabbard 2nd Mature Warrior-cast Warrior C5E3 Discrimination Perseverance Realist Arrogance Arrogance E-Ratio: 65M/35F Frequency: 38 Intellectual Center /Emotional Part Sanders 1st Old Server-cast Sage C2E1 Submission Passion Idealist Arrogance Impatience Warrior Essence Twin Balanced Centering: leans to Moving Part of Emotional Center 5th IM completed in Positive Pole. Warren 5th Mature Warrior-cast Sage C2E3 Discrimination Observation, slides: Perseverance & Passion Idealist Arrogance Moving Center / Intellectual Part Dropped Out Bennet 2nd Mature Sage-cast Server C2E7 Growth Passion Pragmatist Impatience Intellectual Center / Moving Part Dropped out in February 2020. Booker 5th Mature Warrior-cast Priest C2E4 Acceptance Passion Spiritualist Arrogance Emotional Center / Intellectual Part Dropped out in January 2020. Buttigieg 3rd Mature Scholar-cast Scholar C2E2 Flow, slides: Acceptance & Discrimination Observation Pragmatist Stubbornness, slides: Arrogance Intellectual Center / Emotional Part Dropped out in March 2020. Castro 7th Mature Server-cast Sage C2E3 Flow, slides: Submission Observation Stoic Arrogance Self-Deprecation Intellectual Center / Emotional Part Manifests Young to Mature Dropped out in January 2020. Gillibrand 3rd Mature Warrior-cast Priest C2E1 Submission Passion Idealist Impatience Dropped out in August 2019. Gravel 4th Old Server-cast Priest C2E7 Submission Passion Spiritualist Arrogance Stubbornness E-Ratio: 55M/45F Frequency: 75 Emotional Center /Intellectual Part Does not appear to have ever started a campaign. Harris 4th Mature Warrior-cast King C2E1 Discrimination Observation, slides: Perseverance & Power Realist Arrogance Emotional Center / Intellectual Part Note: Anna received 5th Mature, Server-cast King, C3E6 Dropped out in December 2019. Klobuchar 2nd Mature King-cast Warrior C5E1 Discrimination Observation Cynic Double Stubbornness Slides: double Arrogance Intellectual Center / Moving Part Manifesting Young to Mature Dropped out in March 2020. O'Rourke 7th Mature Sage-cast Priest C2E7 Growth Passion Idealist Arrogance Impatience Emotional Center / Moving Part Manifests range of Mature Dropped out in November 2019. Steyer 2nd Old Priest-cast King C2E4 Submission Passion Idealist Impatience Martyrdom Emotional Center / Intellectual Part Manifests Young to Old Heavy Sage imprinting Dropped out in February 2020. Williamson 5th Old Sage-cast Priest C2E4 Dominance Passion Idealist Arrogance Stubbornness E-Ratio: 28M/72F Frequency: 80 Emotional Center /Intellectual Part Dropped out in January 2020. Yang 1st Old Server-cast Scholar C2E7 Acceptance Passion Idealist Self-Deprecation Self-Deprecation E-Ratio: 30M/70F Frequency: 78 Intellectual Center /Emotional Part Dropped out in February 2020. REPUBLICAN Both candidates are still active as of March 3, 2020. Candidate Soul Age/Level Casting/Role Cadre/Entity Goal Mode Attitude Chief Feature Other Trump 7th Young Sage-cast King C11E1 Dominance Observation, slides: Aggression & Power Pragmatist Arrogance Stubbornness, slides: Greed & Martyrdom Warrior Essence Twin, Moving Center / Intellectual Part Incomplete 3rd Internal Monad. Weld 7th Young Warrior-cast Scholar C11E3 Flow Slides: Dominance Observation Pragmatist, slides: Realist Greed Stubbornness Intellectual Center / Emotional Part Manifests Young INFOGRAPHIC U.S. 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES' OVERLEAVES
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    Ok this going to sound backwards and weird, but I usually have to canceled events or move my schedule around because I have a headache or feel shitty, but today I am canceling Michael Speaks for exactly the opposite reason. Ever since the stress of my healthcare/insurance issue has been relieved, I have been feeling pretty fantastic. Both in body and spirit. I had no idea how much stress I was carrying for so long. But I’ve been feeling so much better in almost all ways. I still have my chronic issues I have to navigate but these are made so much easier without stress. I spend nearly every every day either feeling good but missing out because I’m in trance half the day or feeling crappy, so this weekend I just wanted to take some time to enjoy being with friends, playing, reading, doing some admin work, etc. So, for the first time ever (I think?) I am taking the day off just... because. I hope all of you have a great day and that you know it's ok to take time for your own self-care and grounding and just letting your brain and heart and body rest and/or play for a day. Don't worry! May is a busy month full of new Michael events and social events! Love to everyone!!
  29. 35 points
    This is the first energy report that I haven't resonated with in years. My week since the March energy shift has been the polar opposite of this report. I've been optimistic, enthusiastic, and happy. Like I mentioned in the March discussion, I sometimes have to be careful to have intentional rest when my energy starts to crash, but other than that, this week has been the best ever. People have been happy and energetic at all my networking meetings. I'm getting more comfortable talking about myself and have very little anxiety anymore. Work is falling into my lap left and right. I love meeting new people at my meetings and connecting them with others in my network. I feel this huge sense of connectedness and part of the flow of life. It is utterly incredible how much creative potential there is when you become a business owner instead of an employee. You make a million choices about how to do your work, what tools and processes you use, how you market yourself, who you want to work for, how you talk to clients, how big you want to get. It is completely daunting at first until you get used to it, and then it becomes completely liberating. You no longer have to comply with anyone else's standards and ideals (within limits of existing laws, of course, but even those can be changed). Wow!!! How is it possible to be doing the same line of work I was tired of a year ago and feel utterly alive and happy?
  30. 33 points
    MEntity: Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. ***QUEUE IS NOW OPEN*** Luciana: Michael you were asked once “What communal truths do we Americans have that are distinct from other countries / cultures?” And one more time was asked about Canada .. I would like to ask the same question about Brazil. MEntity: Some examples might be: THE WORLD IS DANGEROUS. EVERYONE IS EITHER A FRIEND OR A THREAT. FAMILY OVER EVERYTHING. CHANGE IS BAD. PEOPLE ARE INHERENTLY BROKEN AND NEED FIXING. RELIGION IS THE ONLY ANSWER. These are not particularly unique to Brazil, but we see them as fairly prevalent. NEXT Kurtis: Hi Michael and Troy, today I'd like you to elaborate more on the Venusian Nature. You've previously said that it has the poles of -Evasive and +Sensual, and needs Affection to be healthy, but that there are also polarities within those polarities. Could you tell us those "mini polarities" and how they can play out in terms of avoiding or creating affection? MEntity: EVASIVE would have the polarities of +protection and -denial and SENSUAL would have the polarities of +harmonious and -uncanny Evasive may be generated as a way to protect the self from the unknown or as a way to deny the known. Sensual can be a way to generate mutual harmony or create an odd creepiness that has to be adjusted. NEXT Connor: Why hello, Michael. Do pranks exist on the Causal Plane? Have you ever pranked (or been pranked by) another Entity, and can you describe what the prank was? MEntity: You may be pleased to know that "pranking" and even "teasing" continue to exist in the high planes. Humor continues among the planes, though it does get more refined or nuanced and moves far into the subtle and/or morbid. We once experienced a "prank" when our teachers from the Mental Plane explained that while there is no perfection, there is perfect imperfection. They "one day" explained that this perfect imperfection had become imperfected and it was undoing the planes around us, spreading like a virus to undo existence. While we are not gullible, we did take them seriously and asked many questions. While we do not fear, we did brace ourselves for nonexistence. This would have looked the equivalent to you of watching the elderly stare into space and wait. And though no one has bodies for laughter, this was a hilarious "hazing" from our teachers. Connor: That's fucking hilarious. MEntity: We only have a very crude means of describing humor using limits of words, so the above may seem odd, but it is the best combinations of words we can find at the moment to describe this experience. Trust is implicit and unquestioned in the high planes and this can look like gullibility, but because there is no threat or danger from the "teasing" we willingly "fall for" some of the "pranks." NEXT Uma: Hello Michael, This has been quite a year. Thank you for all your help in navigating it. Generally, from your perspective, does it look like we are on the more positive trajectory? And more specifically, what can you tell us about the Nexus/Convergence we are currently experiencing? What parallels are merging? And any update on the IS? Thank you. MEntity: We would say that there is a "holding pattern" at the moment and that we will have more information in January, and even more in February. By March we will likely have details for whatever is most likely "locked in" for the year regarding the subjects in question. For now, the holding pattern is the equivalent of a pause to "see what happens next." During this "pause" there is a great deal of room for maneuvering and aligning and calibrating in a way that aims in a direction of appeal to the collective consciousness. It is also a pause to consider the effects of the reaction to recent events and whether moving forward can be handled confidently or more delicately. As for the Nexus, one does not require Causal Plane vision to see that there is a shift in a direction that reflects the more accurate reality of collective consciousness, which is to move forward together, not collapse further into destruction. This does not mean there will be no challenges, in fact, they may be escalated in small instances with large consequences, but the collective shift is in favor of evolution and progress. Uma: I sensed that, and it is good to have your view of it. MEntity: The end of your 2019 may still have some challenges in store that are examples, but whatever the consequences of those events, one can be certain that it does not reflect the masses. NEXT Bobby: I wanted to ask a question about black holes and in particular, the supermassive black hole that is at the center of the galaxy known as NGC 1277. It is believed to have a mass of 17 billion of our suns and being the largest discovered so far. What sort of consciousness makes up such an object and what is being aimed for there. Connor: Ooh nice question. MEntity: There is much more to be understood by your scientists and by us about what are now referred to as "Black Holes," but we can say that what is understood at the moment is a fraction of a fraction of what these are. In response to your questions, what are seen as "black holes" could be considered nodes or processing points that exchange and balance energy between dimensions. This is not "dimensions" in terms of planes of existence, but physical dimensions within your own Plane. The universe you know is more like a cube that has stacks or a sphere that has pores like a large sponge. Energy generates among these moves about through various means such as "black holes" and act as regulators. Though consciousness is involved in nearly everything in existence, this is a mechanical function. We are trying to describe something that is outside of the realm of comfort and terminology for this channel, but it is a glimpse. Some are major and some are minor in their functions and this has to do with extraordinary events that scale well beyond the scope of any one lifetime of observation. We can discuss these and more "mysteries" of the universe in a dedicated session if that is of interest. Bobby: Cool, thanks NEXT Miizle: I would like to know if growing vegetables in greenhouses has any health effects on us, lacking UV light for example. I am planning a massive greenhouse trying to go self-sufficient as much as possible and wondering if i need to plan opening windows to let UV light in as it doesn't seem natural for plants to not have any. (any covering materials I have seen so far are all UV blocking) MEntity: "UV light" can be artificially introduced and managed if there are concerns, but in general, there would be little effect on the plants or your health. UV light is a kind of bonus, if you will, but is not required. If it can be introduced artificially and managed properly in terms of plant exposure and timing, you might see benefits, but without it you may not notice a differences. Miizle: Nice MEntity: In short, it is safe for you and the plants, but some exposure can be "nice" for both plants and humans. We will conclude here for today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
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    ALL BACKLOG HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED! ALL SUPPORT TICKETS HAVE NOW BEEN COMPLETED! I cannot express adequately the relief that comes when I finally catch up with myself and my work! Thank you to everyone who has been so patient, so kind, and so understanding, even if you were frustrated. Thank you all for giving me the room I needed to recover from whatever was happening to me over 2019 that affected so many areas of my life. Out of nowhere, I started feeling better and better and my focus and energy and mood improved exponentially over the course of a week or two. This allowed me to dive into Support Tickets and Backlog and get everything done that was in the queue to be addressed. I look forward to staying on top of my new schedule and nurturing a healthy balance between my personal life and my channeling life. I know I will have my ups and downs and I will get behind on work again at some point, but I also know that I always catch up and I learn a little bit more about how better to manage my work, play, rest, and study. IF YOU HAVE AN OUTSTANDING SESSION, please open a Support Ticket. It is the only way to ensure that you will receive your session if it has been missed. Again, thank you for your patience and compassion for me in whatever way you have had to share those qualities with me. I appreciate it more than I can express. NOTE: WHOLENESS OF SOUL COURSE - The WoS Course was affected by my depression and distraction as well, and I am in the process of posting several new chapters that should catch us up with where we should be by now! I am very excited about that!
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    As I lie here riding out being sick and reading through strained and swollen eyes , I stumbled across a great article... A couple of times over the past few years and even as recently as a month ago, we have witnessed what is called "Bad Faith" arguments. These "arguments" are distraction tactics that seek to diminish valid positions in science, politics, life, and even communities like this. Some Bad Faith Arguments that have been showcased on TLE and if you were lucky enough to be a part of these, you will recognize several of the tactics below. The article focuses on politics and science, but these Bad Faith arguments come up in many online "debates" and arguments. One of the reasons I shut down a couple of these "discussions" was because they were drowning in Bad Faith. Recognizing that you are being dragged into a Bad Faith Argument can help you to back out and back away. And if you recognize that you may have unintentionally been using some of these Bad Faith tactics, maybe step back and reconsider listening more. *** ORIGINAL ARTICLE LINK A Field Guide to Bad Faith Arguments Once you recognize these weak tactics, you can easily outwit them by Aaron Huertas Bad faith arguments are common in politics. And while they’ve always been part of political culture, they’re much more rampant on social media. It’s easy to fall prey to bad faith arguments and waste time engaging someone on points that obscure rather than shed light on how we’re all affected by policy and politics. So with that in mind, here’s a field guide for spotting and responding to bad faith arguments and staying focused on the real-world issues that matter. WHAT'S A BAD FAITH ARGUMENT? The hallmark of a bad-faith argument is that it disguises the core point of a debate rather than addressing issues, beliefs, and values head-on. Bad faith arguments aren’t “real” positions; they’re proxy positions people take for rhetorical purposes. In some cases, a bad faith position can be intentional. For instance, Sen. Mitch McConnell made up a “Biden rule” to justify stealing a Supreme Court seat. Instead of arguing about the merits of refusing to hold a vote on President Barack Obama’s justice nominee Merrick Garland, McConnell made a proxy argument about Democrats being hypocrites for complaining about his power grab. And indeed, many Republicans and independents came to believe that the “Biden rule” was real and that McConnell was simply playing hardball politics just like the Democrats. But most bad faith arguments aren’t from wily, professional politicians like McConnell. They simply come from a place of not wanting to confront the actual arguments someone else is making. For instance, climate policy advocates point to scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels and increasing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing seas to rise, more wildfires, and disruptions to rainfall patterns on which we rely. They argue these risks are severe enough to warrant dramatically reducing fossil fuel use and switching to clean energy. But anti-climate-action groups will often say the science is not certain enough to justify action. Climate advocates will respond by citing more and more scientific evidence demonstrating climate risks. But there’s a problem: The advocates are responding to a bad faith argument because anti-climate action groups never say what level of scientific certainty would be necessary to justify climate policy. Indeed, if you ask them to name the level of certainty they need or the type of evidence that would win them over, they’ll never do it. Although their argument is premised on the idea that more science could justify climate action, they can’t actually define a world where that’s true. Instead, they tend to oppose climate policy for ideological reasons—including an ideological commitment to exploiting fossil fuels—but they choose to fight policy in bad faith on scientific grounds. Similarly, many anti-climate action groups have evolved from outright climate denial to acknowledging that climate change is real and a problem but say they’re against “climate alarmism” and don’t believe in “catastrophic global warming.” But what do these terms mean? Again, they never say. If I think business as usual means the Earth is going to warm 4 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, am I an alarmist? How about 10 degrees? Don’t waste time responding to these arguments on their own merits — they have none. Their actual operating definition is that “catastrophic global warming” is the precise amount needed to justify policy action, and, by definition, we will always fall short of it. An alarmist, meanwhile, is anyone who says we need to act on climate change. There’s an important distinction between types of bad faith arguments worth making here: Not all anti-climate action advocates are making these arguments intentionally. They’re not consciously thinking, “I’m going to pretend to say one thing but really mean another.” Indeed, many sincerely believe that climate alarmism is terrible and must be combatted even though they have not bothered to form a coherent definition of what the term means. In this case, these bad faith arguments are often best described as a form of “agnotology,” a term historian Robert Proctor has popularized to describe the cultivation of ignorance. Proctor studied how tobacco companies spread doubt about the link between smoking and cancer. Rather than directly criticizing the science, they spread messages about uncertainty and doubt to cloud policymakers’ judgment. They say maybe something else was causing the cancer… or maybe the scientific links were there but weren’t, uh, direct enough… or maybe people who are more likely to get cancer are actually more likely to smoke. Agnotology—and the popularization of political ignorance—cuts across a variety of issues, not just scientific ones. Indeed, I’ve come to see it as the most common form of bad faith argument in political debates. For instance, why are NFL players taking a knee? To protest police violence. They’ve been absolutely clear about this for years. But Fox News tells its millions of viewers that no one knows why they’re protesting. With that in mind, here are some other types of bad faith arguments we run into every day online and in public policy debates. Don’t waste time responding to these arguments on their own merits — they have none. They exist to distract from core policy issues and the actual effect they have on our lives, our rights, and our planet. THE CARTOON STRAWMANNER The cartoon strawmanner has no need to ask you what you believe; he already knows. How does he know? Because he already has a number of counterarguments to your position. Not your actual position, of course, but the one that his favorite propaganda outlets have told him you have. For instance, many scholars have pointed out that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm, which is optimized to push people to more and more intensive information about consumer products, has the unintended effect of pushing a minority of conservative viewers further and further down the rabbit hole to white nationalism. This is a problem because it seems to be playing a key role in helping a small but committed number of young white men to become violent reactionaries. But conservative YouTubers and their defenders will often make two arguments in response to this: Not everyone who watches these videos becomes a Nazi. (No one is claiming that they are.) You can’t just call everyone a Nazi. (No one is doing this.) These bad-faith arguments mean to distract from the core point, which is that bad actors are abusing YouTube’s platform to promote racist ideologies and encourage political violence. We can have a debate about how these new platforms and the people who use them respond. Are companies like YouTube more like utilities or television stations in what they owe to their audiences? If there’s no such thing as a politically neutral algorithm, how should companies consider the political consequences of altering recommendation algorithms? What, if any, role should the government play in regulating social media platforms? Do conservatives whose videos get remixed by people even further to their right have a responsibility to take them down? Is debating a fascist ever useful, or does it merely mainstream their ideas? But bad faith responses avoid these points entirely by cartoon strawmanning the people bringing them up instead. The best way to respond to these strawman arguments is simply to inform someone that no one is making that argument and point them to a book or long report to read (they will never read it). Eventually, the cartoon strawmanner evolves, like a shitty, annoying Pokémon, to become the lie detector. THE LIE DETECTOR The lie detector knows what you really mean. After all, they already know what your position is. But when you say your actual beliefs are something else entirely, they have a choice — except that they have not accounted for the full spectrum of human belief about a topic or accuse you of lying. The lie detector knows The Truth. Do not challenge the lie detector on any of these points: They know more about your beliefs, your life, and your work history than you ever will. You should ask the lie detector what you’re having for dinner this evening. THE FREEZE PEACH ADVOCATE The “freeze peach” advocate is a fake free speech advocate. They confuse disagreement with silencing, delegitimization, and censorship. While they believe in “free speech,” it turns out what that really means in practice is promoting their speech and the speech of people they agree with. Jordan Peterson, who came to fame for picking an imaginary free speech fight over transgender pronouns in Canada, for instance, recently sued two professors for criticizing him and his views and even sued another university to boot. Additionally, climate deniers might say they’re shut out of the debate because scientists won’t sit around discussing their ideas with them for hours and hours. But flat-Earthers are shut out of debates with geologists, too. The truth is that you don’t have to meet someone in an online or IRL structured debate to grapple with their arguments. Indeed, scientists have cataloged and numbered bad climate denial arguments for easy reference. Further, free speech and platforming arguments are often used as proxies for actual arguments. “These cowards won’t debate me!” is an easier sell than “Let me tell you about why I think 200 years of science is wrong even though I can’t get my ideas published in a scientific journal.” Freeze peach advocates think that they and their peers deserve a platform, but they never recognize that platform space is actually limited and contested. In fighting for airtime or seats at congressional hearings, they shut out other voices just as their voices can get shut out, too. The truth is that no one is entitled to a stage, a TV spot, or a book deal. Or as Alex Pareene hilariously said in response to the New York Times covering another stop on the freeze peach college campus moral panic tour: “If You Truly Care About Speech, You Will Invite Me to Your Office to Personally Call You a Dipshit.” Even when supposed free speech and civil debate advocates go on to run their own platforms, they rarely talk to people to their left. Instead, free speech and fears of suppression are used as marketing tactics, not core moral values. That’s why you never hear them advocate for lefty protestors who are unjustly jailed, students who face expulsion penalties for their free speech, or government scientists who face routine censorship of their research. PICTURED: 200 activists and several journalists were unfairly arrested as part of protests against Trump’s inauguration in 2017. A judge finally dropped charges in July of 2018. Not pictured: free speech defenders defending them. (As an aside, there are plenty of civil libertarian groups that do a ton of great work on actual free speech and academic freedom issues. When fake free speech advocates don’t show up to these fights, they show that they’re in it for their speech, not anyone else’s.) The freeze peach advocate should be reminded that no one is entitled to a platform and no one is actually preventing them from speaking. More importantly, their attention should be refocused to the actual policy debates at hand. THE PURITY TESTER The purity tester would like you to know that Al Gore uses airplanes (so troubling for an environmentalist!) and that Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wore a nice outfit for a photo shoot once (what kind of socialism is that?!). The purity tester isn’t here to tell you a policy agenda is wrong; they’re here to tell you those are bad spokespeople for their cause. If Gore swore off flying, would the Koch brothers suddenly come to Jesus on climate policy? Nope. And if Ocasio Cortez pledged to only wear thrift store chic on the House floor, would people like Charlie Kirk finally accept the need for universal health care? No way. These are goofy bad faith arguments that attempt to take the focus off policy and put it on advocates instead. They’re a form of concern-trolling that should be dismissed out of hand, although asking the purity tester to name an advocate whose arguments they’d be willing to listen to can be amusing. It’s rare that they’ve ever considered the idea of a good advocate before, which demonstrates that it’s just agnotology at work. THE LOGIC NERD The logic nerd has a very clear argument. The argument has multiple parts, each of which is impeccable and internally consistent. The logic nerd has his facts straight, too, and has a number of counterarguments ready to deploy should you try to poke holes. In fact, the logic nerd has three rhetorical questions ready to go to expose your fallacious reasoning and will ask them, in turn, regardless of what you say or do. I have some love for the logic nerd. If I had less empathy and less of a sense of just how much damage shitty public policy does to people, I too could have grown up to be a logic nerd, dear reader. But I came to realize that politics isn’t a dispute over which facts are true or whether your logic is valid. It’s a dispute over which facts are the most relevant to a debate and what logic we should follow when setting and enforcing laws. For instance, a logic nerd would love to debate you about the pay gap: Are women really paid less than men? If so, by how much, and in which industries? But what about this industry where some women are paid more? Should we not examine the data? Okay, look at my data! Do you deny my data, sir? It is the best and only data! Sir, by your own logic… What the logic nerd fails to realize is that equal pay laws give people the right to sue individual companies and institutions for pay discrimination. You can make all the societal-level arguments about the pay gap you want, but the actual law (and lawsuits) exist alongside that discussion, which is much closer to the reality that people live with every day when fighting discrimination. Responding to the logic nerd is a joy because if you fail to play along with their game, they will ad hominem the shit out of you. Failure to answer rhetorical questions, even by pointing out why the questions are not relevant, will result in persistent sea-lioning. There’s only one way to truly defeat the logic nerd. You must introduce him to the Fallacy Man. (Read the whole thing, please.) THE TONE POLICE AND PERSUASION PUNDITS When people have truly bad positions to defend, they often attempt to make a meta-argument about tone and persuasive power instead. This is endemic in Washington. For instance, a Daily Caller editor went to a progressive rally and was shocked — shocked — to find that people there were angry about politics. Well, yeah, a lot of people who show up to political events are upset about something and want to change and fix it. But instead of responding to what they were upset about (sinking wages and crappy health care), the editor focused on their tone. Not surprisingly, the same publication would never be shocked at right-wing anger, such as Tea Party rallies condemning Obama. That’s because their anger is always justified, but yours never is. Similarly, conservatives will routinely criticize NFL players for how they’re protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. But they’ll never suggest an alternative means of protesting. No tone is the only tone they want to hear. Meanwhile, many #NeverTrump conservatives are often trapped in persuasion punditry when they argue with liberals. “Medicare for all? Don’t you know Midwesterners are skeptical of big government? That’s not gonna play well in Trump country,” they say. Well, that’s certainly an easier argument to make than saying millions of people should suffer from a lack of health care and that you’re fundamentally okay with that. But in removing themselves one layer from actual policy, pundits can appear savvy without actually committing themselves to a real position, even as they justify the status quo. Bret Stephens, a conservative New York Times writer, wrote a column about how climate advocates should be more persuasive to him and other conservatives by not being so strident and certain about climate change being bad. But when another writer asked him which climate policies he might ever support, he couldn’t say. When people are really making an argument about persuading someone, they actually try to persuade them. If not, it’s just more bad faith. The solution to tone policing and bad punditry is just focusing on the issues. If someone wants to keep distracting from that with what’s fundamentally a political tactics discussion, ask them to help get your preferred policy passed. If they say no, congrats: You’ve found their real position. THE "BOTH-SIDERIST" The both siderist is very reasonable. So reasonable, in fact, that people who care about politics actually look very unreasonable by comparison: Did you hear about the bad thing Republicans did? Well, Democrats did a bad thing too once, and it’s all quite unfortunate that everyone can’t be as reasonable as me. Has "the both siderist" ever taken any actions to try to improve the political system? Well, it’s funny that you ask; no, they haven’t. What they have done is ask everyone, very nicely, to be civil and take it easy and not get too political with all that politics. But in insisting on being the most reasonable person in the room, the both siderist has failed to read the room. Their postured reasonableness obscures the political realities we’re dealing with: rampant Republican gerrymandering, voter suppression, human rights abuses, and anti-democratic power grabs from people like McConnell and Trump. Nearly all the Republican moderates have been voted out of office. Redefining “moderate” doesn’t make them more moderate, it just drags the debate to the right. The both siderist has a lot of political opinions, but their most important opinion is that both sides are bad — even if one side is doing objectively terrible shit to millions of people. It’s because the both siderist desperately wants to be off the hook for having to actually do anything to improve our political system. As the Republican Party has gone off the rails in the Obama era, this has led to a deeper and deeper stretch of both siderism logic. For instance, Amy Chua, writing in The Atlantic about the decline of democracy, equates Trump threatening to revoke people’s citizenship and strip them of their voting rights with college students asking a university to stop venerating a slave-owning Founding Father. But one of these fundamentally alters the realities of American political life for decades; the other is a campus debate over a statue. The committed both siderist must never admit that one party or one side in a debate is worse than the other. If they did, they might have to do something about it. DEBATING IN GOOD FAITH It’s worth remembering that the people who respond to you online are usually less than 1 percent of 1 percent, and the reason they’re writing is that they virulently disagree. In the broader public sphere, it would be good to see fact-checkers, pundits, magazine editors, and TV hosts actually try to pin people down on real positions. As Matt Bruenig has noted, political debates often function in two different universes. There’s a “take universe” with columns, opinion pieces, and think tank reports. Some of them are hot takes. Others are lukewarm, and if you dig into them, they’re just the same circle of people citing themselves as the source of The Truth on a given topic. Then there’s the real universe of actual data, actual outcomes for people and actual structures of power in society. In Bruenig’s case, he introduces hard data about public ownership of industries and worker control over businesses into fuzzy ideologically rigid “take universe” debates about capital, labor, and socialism. I’ve loved working with scientists because reality is real and scientists are responsive to it. The political class should be too. We’re drifting further from that precisely because conservative authoritarians attack sources of information that help us see reality: an independent press, science and academia, and public employees who work for all of us. They cultivate ignorance as surely as the tobacco companies did. It’s the only way they can hold onto power. They exploit the proliferation of online media to make the world too hard to understand. They make agnotology a certainty to obscure obvious realities like the fact that countries with universal health care have better health outcomes and the obvious ethical argument that no one has to die from lack of medical care in the richest country on Earth. Some of the best writing on arguments deals with the overwhelming amount of bullshit and uninformative information available in the modern media system. Neil Postman, the author of Amusing Ourselves to Death, argued in his later books that we must become “loving resistance fighters” who focus on our lived reality and core humanist values rather than media representations that can never truly stand in for our world. Even though I work in communications and media, I’ve tried to live up to that. I go to organizing meetings. I canvass and knock on doors. I show up for protests and direct actions. I’m a member of two unions. This stuff matters; real people matter. The real consequences of policy are life and death for millions of us. So we should focus on that relentlessly and never get distracted by bullshit, bad faith arguments.
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    Troy shared this afterwards that probably explains it: Oh that’s probably because Michael can’t get through to us if we are in survival mode. There needs to be some level of stability, prosperity, and survival distractions at a minimum.
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    MEntity: Hello to each of you. We are here, now. We can begin. ***QUEUE IS NOW OPEN*** Maureen: Michael, in August 25 – 30, 2014 we experienced a Major Convergence. This is how you described it in an ASK Michael on August 23, 2014: Maureen: “The Convergence next week is of a branch of the species/sentience that branched in the mid to late 1700's CE in which the United States was not founded. Maureen: This convergence will likely move the United States out of its seat of power fairly (relatively) quickly over the next 20 to 50 years, or escalate it to a heightened position beyond all comprehension. Neither of these scenarios are "good" or "bad," but has a spectrum of possibility built in across the board. Maureen: An uprising "recently" overturned all these forces and a Constitution was implemented similar to the one you know for the United States. At the point where the United States is "born" is next week.”” Maureen: My question: How does our current time, right at this moment, reflect that Major Convergence especially with the Impeachment Trial of the president of the U.S. going on, and so many people in the U.S., Trump, Trump’s Administration, Republican House and Senate, Trump supporters, doing everything they can, in their power, to dismantle and make impotent the American Constitution? MEntity: What drew this convergence was the trajectory that had all related parallels moving toward a power play for what you know as the United States. In those parallels, the trajectory was leading toward the implementation of a first President not getting off to a great start as many factors were still being "ironed out" and blind spots were being brought to light, especially when the election would bring the least-favored of candidates into power. As that trajectory was very similar to "this" trajectory, the convergence was generated. At this point, they are the same "reality" and the same issues are being worked out, including the overhaul of an election process and more safe guards moving into Constitutional law that would keep this from happening again. This process of tending to blind spots and surprise flaws in the system are being worked out and they will either lead to a dismantling of power or a rise in power. Maureen: "a dismantling of power or a rise in power" for whom... either side or is one favoured? MEntity: We were speaking of the country as a whole. All will rise or all will not. Maureen: That gave me a chill. NEXT Janet: Michael, will you speak briefly about coronavirus, now spreading in China and beginning to make appearances around the world, including the US. Causes (metaphysical)? Is this likely to be a cause of mortality worldwide or something that will come and go quickly without major mortality impact? MEntity: In terms of its physical and metaphysical causes, they are the same as most diseases that originate from the enslavement of animals: deep disconnection with nature. Nearly all animal-borne viruses that jump to human rise from a disregard for the well-being of creatures. In physical terms, this is caused by poor conditions and high stress from the animals suffering. In metaphysical terms, reception to the virus rises as humans distance themselves from the suffering caused. All forms of slavery will have repercussions on all involved and will never be capable of being sustained. We cannot determine the extent to which this may be spread, but we can say that mass spread of disease still remains high as a potential cause of reduction of humanity's population. We do not think that this particular virus can gain footing, but we cannot be certain at the moment. We can say that more will come if there is not a leap in conscious awareness and a healing of the disconnect of humans from nature. As for those individuals who have received this virus, it is not personal to them. There are some illnesses that are about humanity and not the individual. The receptivity is fairly high for everyone and is a matter of proximity for receiving. NEXT Kurtis: Hi Michael I have a bit of a fun question for you today. Kurtis: You told Geraldine before about several "non-merging parallels" such as some that branched from the Civil War; from the Black Plague; from the Rise of Christianity with a later Mergence with Parallels in the 1980s that experienced record Stalker-Murders and Suicides; from Humanity not being pushed into Nomadic Behavior and just living in Local Nature; and from Virtual Reality being discovered as a Solution to War and Consumerism. Kuris: So I'd like if you could tell us a few more "Non-Merging Parallels" in our Anchor Timeline and when they branched off. MEntity: There is a branching off from around 1970 following the success of the lunar landing. The "space race" escalated and became priority. It is likely that these parallels will merge with "yours" at some point over the next 100 to 200 years, but in those parallels that have branched off on their own, life has extended to your moon and is "currently" expanding to Mars. NEXT Becca: Hi Michael! In a session Cong shared with us you said the collective Turning Point coming up in February is "a result of collective effects that would begin to show up in tangible ways." Can you expand on what those "tangible ways" might look like? And what we can do to bring positive effects to the Turning Point and help steer humanity toward a breakthrough? MEntity: The tangible ways we speak of will be clearer to us after the Turning Point of February, but we can say that it is likely to show up in a rise for a "call to action" that brings more people together for a cause than we have ever seen. Something "clicks" in those who have the power to bring about beneficial change it is no longer a daunting task, but simply a matter of conscious choice to make a difference. We cannot predict details, but in every sentient species there is this hallmark turning point where the majority come together as a collective power to shift the direction of humanity in ways that benefit as many as possible. There will be resistance and there will be rejection, but it does not stop this progress. All of the above is dependent upon the willingness of all who have the capacity to choose differently. It will happen, eventually, if not in 2020, but 2020 looks likely to bring that shift. NEXT Brian: Hi Michael! I recall years ago you had mentioned during a TLE Great Gathering that from your perspective, we are all already dead and our future history is written and thus known to future incarnations of us. There is currently a debate going on in the scientific community as to whether the universe and reality as we know it is just an elaborate simulation. A meditation practice that I've recently started on up makes the claim that our reality isn't truly real and that the physical world and everything we experience and perceive is only a projection of our mind, and even then, it is a false projection. What truth (if any) is there to these concepts? What is the nature of reality? MEntity: What you describe are half-truths. It is true that ALL that you experience is received through a complex and beautiful biological system that interprets data into what you consider "reality," but it is also true that there is an independent reality that exists with or without your interpretation. For example, if you were to dive into the ocean as a metaphor for reality, you would experience it as terrifying, exciting, delightful, relaxing, scary, cold, warm, full of life, full of threats, etc. But it would still just be an ocean without you. That is how "reality works." You dive in and decide what it is, even as it is its own thing without you. Even the hard data received can be overridden by your interpretation. For example, there are those who are attacked by sharks and return to the ocean with their wonder and awe still intact, while others will never return. It is the same with the hard data of reality. There are those who will "never get what they want," but still find awe and wonder in the pleasures and challenges of life, while others will "get everything they want" and never accept the pleasures and challenges of life. This is why there are theories that this is all a simulation. It is much easier to accept that reality is something imposed rather than something that is interpreted. It is true that there are false projections/interpretations, but this is not a default state. False projections/interpretations rise from what we describe as Chief Features and these can create an incongruous experience with reality. As for what we said at your little gathering, it is true that all of you are dead in the future and we can pick and choose different potential lines that extend from you now, but it is also true that your deaths and your futures are not written, yet. The futures we can see are potentials for you, not already set. We are in all of your potential futures. So are you. NEXT Uma: Hello Michael, I was wondering if it is really true that no two snowflakes are alike. It seems like a difficult hypothesis to validate. Uma: Can you give us current probabilities for the removal of fuckface from office and for his re-election? MEntity: It is not true that no two snowflakes are alike, but it is true that no two snowflakes are EXACTLY alike. It is true of humans, too. It is true of nearly every creation. As for probabilities for removal from office, we see this at 38% at the moment. As for re-election, we see this at 19% at the moment. Both of these are fairly low at the moment, but could change. We must conclude here for today. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
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    TEMPORARY CHANGE TO SESSION FORMAT: Due to the stress, anxiety, and disruptive nature of events in NYC during this pandemic, all currently-scheduled private sessions are being converted to email sessions until further notice, and only email are available for new appointments. If you have not already been contacted about this, you will be. A personal email will be sent to you with instructions. WHY THE CHANGE? This will allow me to work outside of my scheduled hours to maximize my quality time for focus and channeling. Please be patient and please forgive this inconvenience to all of us. Public and group events will still be live channeling events. This will also help me to catch up on all backlog faster. 20% PANDEMIC DISCOUNT: Times are going to be very tough in the weeks or months ahead. My fiance just got furloughed, which means our household income has dramatically come to a halt. We will be filing for unemployment ASAP, but that will cover very little. We aren't unique in this situation and I want to be as helpful as I can with what little I have, while also trying to keep our TLE community expenses paid and stay afloat in my personal life. We will get through this. If you are scheduling a new appointment, please feel free to use the following code for a 20% Discount. Use the code during the checkout process. If you do not need this discount, please save it for when you need it. PANDEMIC DISCOUNT: BREAKTHRU2020 This is good for 20% off of 30-Minute (2Q) or 60-Minute (5Q) Sessions. Thank you for your understanding and kindness as we do what we can to get through this together. Troy
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    @Troy!!! Oscar and I want to express our gratitude and compliment to the accuracy and consistency of you in channeling Michael. We found examples from as far as 16 years back, where the same question asked, in different times, from different people, was answered by Michael via you, in the exact same wording!!!!! Thank YOU TROY for Your Great Work!!
  37. 29 points
    There have been many pandemics in Human History, like the 'Spanish' Flu or Black Death. Around 1,000,000 BC, a pandemic was responsible for destroying Humanity's first major global civilization practically overnight. Even if this current pandemic is not nearly as bad as others, I think it still prompts some deep part of us to 'remember' those much more harrowing experiences from the past, and that will contribute its own layer to the anxieties.
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    Of course you're scared! I'm glad you're stocked up for now, hopefully things won't get worse. I am worried for your country as well, the situation gives horribly good excuses for potentially long-term horrible choices... I'm also hoping to get rid of our stupid right-wing government soon... one of these guys is over 70, currently safely sitting in his manor and keeps publicly spitting out stupid stuff like it's not a crisis, just a mild flu, apply vodka socks and goose fat... I really hope he catches the virus just for the irony of it! Fortunately we have a very smart and caring (female!) president and competent health authorities who give proper advice. There's a special crisis phone now in addition to the emergency line as worried people have been overcrowding the latter. Borders are closed, many stores only operate as web stores for now and appreciate orders/bookings for the future. I'm not scared here yet, keeping calm even though I probably have the virus, with very mild symptoms. My entire translation bureau is working from home now as I usually do. I am slightly worried for my mother who is 75 and had several cases of pneumonia in her lifetime, hopefully she won't catch this bug. My daughter misses her grandma terribly but we're keeping them apart for now, thankfully there's Skype and Facetime. The good side of this: I am seeing so much grass root activism! One guy offered to take care of the elderly in his area as he's already taking care of one, anyway. IT people are gathering/repairing laptops for students who need to study from home and for GP-s who do home visits and need to log in to our digital health care system. People are posting ideas how to support local businesses and entrepreneurs and creating platforms to connect those who can help to those who need help. One town just declared they're not charging the parents for kindergarten for two months as most kindergartens are closed anyway, only one is open for the children of medics and emergency responders. I hope we can use this Turning Point for the better of the planet and all of us on it.
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    I had a feeling what Michael said to a question I asked on December 3, 2019 would fit here. Maureen: Michael, I’m seeing clearly that many of us are going through, literal, re-calibrations affecting all or many of the bodies that are quite debilitating. I’ve noticed with myself it’s “hormonal” with Troy it’s many different “afflictions”, with Diane it’s “scattered” and an inability to focus. Any advice on moving through these times with the best health and well-being we can have? MEntity: There are two factors that can help when transitioning through these types of challenges: One is to ensure that the concerns are addressed medically and with treatment and healing if necessary, and the other is to actively practice your trust in yourself and your body. Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself. This matters tremendously because the stress of personal disappointment or frustration can have profound and compounding effects on any state you are in. MEntity: Let your emotions flow and your mind wander, but anchor it all in your kindness and trust. MEntity: Those are two basic and anchoring factors that can help. It may seem simplistic, but simplistic is what is important in these challenges. It will not help to add pressure or to nurture frustration. If you can own two simple efforts, it can help you get to your moments of clarity and strength that you can then use to lift you further out of the challenges. Maureen: Thank you! “Drum sound rises on the air, its throb, my heart. A voice inside the beat says, "I know you're tired, but come. This is the way.” ― Rumi
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    MEntity: Hello to everyone. We are here, now. We can begin. The subject of how weather and consciousness of a sentient species are related can be quite an elaborate exploration with several layers that could be taken into consideration. What we will try to do today is to simplify this enough to have a platform from which to launch into further exploration in further exchanges. We warn you today that because this subject is so complex, there may be corrections in further exchanges. As students who understand the necessity and process of validation, this is not a new concern, but we bring emphasis to this consideration when delving into more complex and new territory. Weather is not created by or from SENTIENCE. Weather is a product of systems and processes that are inherent to a planet with or without sentient life. However, weather is created by and from consciousness, but consciousness exists to some degree for all things in existence and is not exclusive to sentient beings. Sentience has a unique level of consciousness, but is not unique in being conscious. Weather, then, is generated by and from many layers of consciousness that exists for that planetary system. What is unique to Sentience in terms of weather is that it REFLECTS the collective consciousness processes of that Sentience. For all other consciousness the weather does not reflect those processes. Think of it this way: A car exists and has processes that exist because it is a car. A person can have a car and even drive a car, but everything that happens where that car is involved, it may reflect what is happening for the driver, not the car. If there is a car crash, it is not because the car was processing something. For the car, there was a crash, but for the person driving, that crash means something. This is also true of weather. If there is a hurricane, it is just a hurricane. But for the people in the path of that hurricane, that hurricane means something. As it happens, Weather is composed of 7 elements that reflect the 7 Roles and their Axes. HUMIDITY, CLOUDS, TEMPERATURE, WIND, AIR PRESSURE, PRECIPITATION, and the SUN. The correlative order here is SERVER, ARTISAN, WARRIOR, SCHOLAR, SAGE, PRIEST, and KING. As weather reflects collective consciousness, weather does not always reflect YOUR consciousness. However, because you are a part of collective consciousness, considering what the weather reflects can always benefit you. Though we have associated these weather elements with Roles for convenience, it is the CENTERING that tends to be reflected. For example, a hot and humid day could be considered a Warrior/Server day and it may be of some insight to consider the Moving and Emotional Centers. The more discomfort you feel in relation to the heat and humidity, the more you may be processing your Sentimentalism (attachments/grief/past) and your Frustration (lack of movement or results). The more you enjoy that weather, the more likely you are in the positive poles of those centers. This can get tricky because bodies experience weather not just in terms of consciousness, but in terms of genetics, so this has to be considered, as well. We will explore that in further exchanges. For most of our students today, the concern is about extremes of weather and disruptive weather and how these may reflect the collective consciousness of humans. When there are extremes of weather or disruptive weather, there tends to be a reflection of a breaking point or breakthrough for the corresponding centers predominantly represented by that weather. As you can see, these are highly simplified interpretations because many of these extremes will have contributions and even stages that are related to several Centers, but this is a fair system from which to begin exploring how weather reflects processes of Sentience. We will clarify here that when we say processes of "extremes" of Centers, we are speaking of both extremes in the negative poles of those Centers and/or extremes in their emphasis at the rejection of other Centers, and/or extremes in their complete neglect. At the moment in your history as Sentience, there are a great many extremes occurring. Considering the correlative system we described above, our students can gain insight into what a region may be processing collectively. We will open the floor here for questions. ******QUEUE IS NOW OPEN****** Brian: I was wondering how weather patterns you have described would be affected by geography. As an example, hurricanes wouldn't form or hit in the mountains or midwest of the United States or the southern tip of Africa or South America. A blizzard or flood would not affect the desert areas. Or rather, not occur. MEntity: This question speaks to the various layers we mentioned that are to be considered in the long run regarding weather and consciousness. The Geographical layer would be a part of what is considered to be "Climate" and climate refers to the resting state of support that a region has for its occupants. Climate is basically the weather that can be anticipated and expected of a region over a long period of time and Geography plays a great part in this. Geographical elements that contribute to weather can be correlated to the Axes of our system: LATITUDE = INSTINCTIVE; WATER (bodies of) = INSPIRATIONAL; TOPOGRAPHY = ACTION; ELEVATION = INTELLECTUAL. There are combinations here that affect the long-term state of weather for a region and create Climate. There are 12 Basic states of Climate and these correspond to the 12 Support Positions. We will elaborate upon these in another exchange with you, but we will say now that climate change is real and when climate change is in effect at such an exponentially rapid scale, it tends to reflect a complete overhaul of all Sentience involved with that planet. This can be related to a Soul Age shift or resistance to a Soul Age shift, or both. But to answer your question, geography does play a role in weather, but more so in terms of climate and that speaks more to the desires of Personality or Essence and the support that climate brings than it does to the processes collective consciousness. NEXT Uma: Your description that there are a great many extremes occurring, is exactly what I'm feeling. Do you have some suggestions for navigating this more elegantly? Is there anything we can do as sentient humans to make things better? Uma: And is the Infinite Soul manifestation any more likely than previously discussed? MEntity: What we can suggest in response to your first question to focus on what your region of weather is reflecting, particularly in terms of extreme or disruptive weather. Look to the system we described and see if you can determine if and how it reflects your own processes and how you can bring healing, balance, and positive pole Center elements to that process. You may find that you cannot relate to what that collective process is reflecting. If that is the case, it may be that someone else, or some organization, or group who are a part of that process may be benefited by your support. In regard to your second question, see our response above. For a more detailed response specific to your region, we may require more focus. Uma: If I understand it correctly, the hurricanes we get in Florida are related to Intellectual Center breakthroughs. Is that correct? MEntity: As for the Infinite Soul, the likelihood remains steady at the moment. There have been no spikes in probability. The neglect of the Intellectual Center is at the core of the collective processes that those hurricanes reflect, though there are emotional and instinctive layers that are also involved. Uma: That makes sense. Thank you. MEntity: In this case, hurricane disruptions tend to reflect cycles of extreme neglect regarding authenticity, truth, insight, and clear communication. NEXT Janet: It’s been much hotter (and I think drier) than usual in the UK in the last few summers. What’s the correlation with Brexit, if any? MEntity: Yes, there is relevance, though it is not the only relevance. These disruptions are relative the extremes of complacency that others have harnessed or hijacked. There is a call to action here but with most results being confusion and paralysis. An exploration of the overleaves and Roles on the Action Axis can help shed light on solutions and problems to transform. NEXT Maureen: Why do some of us like hot or cold weather and others don't? MEntity: This tends to be relative to Body Types and genetics, but this can also be relative to the dominant Centering. We would elaborate upon this in further exchanges. The dominant Centering can create attraction to or repulsion from climates associated with other Centers/Climates. In addition to these elements, there is the layer of choice based in Personality and Essence. If one chooses where to live, it is the choice of Personality and the choice of Essence will align with that. If one is "stuck" where one lives and cannot leave that climate, it is likely the result of choice on an Essence level and that climate represents a system /element of support that was anticipated to be of benefit. Maureen: Thank you! MEntity: We will conclude here for today, then. What we have shared here is the skeleton of a system that can be fleshed out from here. Consider this to be a "cheat sheet" for considering extremes and disruptions of weather and how these may reflect collective processes. In further exchanges we can assess various regions relevant to our students and specific events that may be of interest. Good day to each of you. Goodbye, for now.
  41. 28 points
    Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, Cologne March 16th So, in just a couple of days life here changed completely. My state (NRW) is the most affected, probably because the virus spread easily during street carnival in february, which is more or less like Mardi Grass. Schools are closed, kindergardens are closed, bars, clubs, cinemas, theaters are shut down and starting tomorrow restaurants will have to close too. Delivery is still fine though. Subways and trains run on sunday schedule. The borders are now closed. I have a lot of friends who are self-employed and own bars, or clubs, are musicians or sound technicians and they all face bankruptcy now. I work at an online photo service and luckily our firm can still function with most of the employees working from home. I'm just one of the privileged people that have a job that is not immediately threatened. So far the hospitals aren't overwhelmed, all non-urgent surgeries are postponed though and infection numbers are doubling daily, so we'll see how things are in a week or two. There's still a shortage of toilet paper (WHY ARE PEOPLE BUYING SO MUCH TOILET PAPER????) but other than that, supermarkets work hard to stock up the shelves and you can still pretty much buy anything. I still feel weirdly calm and enthusiastic, even though the skin on my hands is starting to crack because it is so dried out from all the washing. I've always been an introvert, so my social life hasn't changed much. I bought a Playstation in December and started gaming and all the other stuff I love takes place at home, too: knitting, meditating, cooking, reading, watching series. I wonder how people that thrive on interaction with lots of peoples are coping. There is this weird contrast: everytime I imagined some doomsday scenario, I imagined grey skies and barren lands, but spring is starting, it's beautiful weather outside, everything is starting to bloom and become alive and nature doesn't give a shit if we're dying or not. Because there are no other options, EVERYONE is outside taking walks through the parks, which apparently is fine if you keep your distance to the others. I try not to think too much about where we're heading because that would just create anxiety, I'm trying to take it one day at a time and take Michaels adivce to heart: one day a week I unplug and just pretend everything is fine, so my mind can have some rest. Stay safe, everyone! Love you all a lot!
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    From a private session on 2/18/2020: DianeHB: Back in late January, JanetE asked about the causes and potential spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) originating from China. It's 3 weeks later, and while the Hubei Province is still the site of the greatest number of outbreaks, there have been more cases outside of China of the virus not being contained (I'm thinking of a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia where many of the passengers were allowed to fly out before they found one person who tested positive for coronavirus.). Do you now see this virus as having major impact on world mortality? The death rate from this virus is currently at about 2.3% and seems to mostly impact older people, but with the numbers from China being unreliable, the death rate could be much higher. MEntity We do not see this particular scenario as such a threat, and we have not found a probability where this is the case, yet. This scenario may escalate but unless there is a major mutation, this is a matter of containment, education, and prevention. DianeHB: I see. MEntity It is fair to check in on the status occasionally as we gain greater data for assessing probabilities. It is not that we are lacking current data, but that there may be more generated that we will add.
  43. 28 points
    Belief is not required. lol Michael isn't saying that your personal choices are directing all of humanity. They are directing our tiny part of humanity. They are saying you are a part of humanity. You are making choices along with everyone else and all of those choices add up. When you choose to block yourself from the world and refuse to recognise your part in it or reject the idea that you matter, well... those choices matter, too.
  44. 28 points
    OH SHIT!!! Now you risk being kicked out of Michael Heaven
  45. 28 points
    Martha shared this content from a private session that took place on December 7, 2009. I've gotten some interesting responses from Michael recently about my primary Chief Feature, Self Destruction, that I have not really seen covered before. I have chosen to share some of my personal work with Michael and Troy on this topic. In the past, most of the information I had seen about Self Destruction seemed to apply to suicidal people or addicts – extreme behaviors. While I have had both kinds of people in my life, I am not personally suicidal, etc. I did have a long term intimate relationship in my late teens/twenties with a man who was both an addict and a successful suicide (his secondary CF was Self Destruction). So the theme is there, but most information about dealing with Self Destruction that I have seen out there in the general Michael material floating around is mostly about dealing with that overt, extreme manifestation of it. Troy has some good info here on TLE about the theme of “sacrifice” in relation to Self Destruction, and it has been very helpful to me, but I won't repeat it all here (go search if you're interested!). In asking Michael about some themes I seem to have going in my life, and about future relationships, the responses included some fascinating (to me) insights into how Self Destruction can manifest in a more subtle way. It's not that I didn't notice some of the things Michael describes, but that I attributed them to just being an out of step with the world, Old Soul, or Self Deprecation (my secondary CF) or a result of certain agreements or karma I had chosen to pursue this lifetime. All that applies, of course! I've very much become “resigned” in the last ten years or so to going it alone, struggling as a single parent, and not really having anything on the horizon in terms of a mate agreement. The Hopelessly Loved/Hopelessly Loving monad has been in play for me this lifetime, so I am wary of repeating it. I spent from about ages 25-35 actually doing it with one person, and have had a theme of loving from afar, or loving someone who is unavailable, etc. Once I became a parent I withdrew from other relationships completely, and have finally begun to poke my head out in the past year. I have asked about several past relationships, or non-relationships as the case may be, and some of this came from those questions. At this point in my life, while I long for a relationship, I don't want to go back to aching for someone I can't have and I'm trying to make sense of what went before, so to speak. I don't want to go it alone anymore, but I have never met my ET, or TCs, etc. I have had a major “Essence recognition” with someone, but he is not available in any way, shape, or form at the present. I was afraid this recognition was possibly me heading down the tired old road of loving from afar again. Here is some of what Michael has had to say about all this. Plus Michael's beautiful voice through Troy can be downright poetic, and it would be a shame to keep it to myself :). MEntity: This is part of the subtle effect of Self-Destruction as it has taken its toll over your adult years, in that it tends to move one into isolation away from any sense of support or help or guidance from any external source. The conclusion that one must "do it alone" becomes the "sacrifice," and in order to alleviate oneself as a bother or burden to anyone else, the circle of support begins to close. This particular "brand" of Self-Destruction then tends to seal those doors of closure with deep disappointment in nearly anyone having made contact with the life, while also moving the question of "what is wrong with me" into the daily weight of things. The burden of this weight can be acclimated to, but it is never "light." We will say now that it is Good Work that this is changing, even if only on subtle levels. Most of your truly significant "mathematical" connections have simply been waiting for your sense of value and self-esteem to rise to a point where contact could be celebrated, and not necessarily subject to the same criticisms and disappointments that have come to other relationships in your life. In short, it does not appear that you have met some of your most significant, intimate Essence connections, but they are with you. We see your next 5 years unfolding a rather bustling wave of new connections and inspirations that you now feel you deserve. We choose the word "deserve" carefully, as that is exactly what has moved you into higher levels of self-value. It may have been the case in the past that you wanted and needed more intimacy and resonance with guides and support, but now you feel you deserve these relationships. Your emotional development is catching up to your physical, intellectual, and spiritual development. That alignment opens many doors. Regardless of your having had contact with these fragments, or not, you were never alone. For part of our response, we could say that this is simply another way that Self-Destruction manifests, in that one will "fall" for someone out of reach and then use that failed relationship, longing, and distance as some sort of ammunition for proof that something is "wrong" with you, or that what you want is inevitably out of reach, that the things you value will never recognize the value in you. These relationships, then, are part of your self-karma as you sought to find a balance between your personal sense of value and your dependence on others to provide it for you. Another part of our response is that these fragments are some of your "closest friends" in terms of Essence, and had Agreements with you to explore such subjects as Integrity, honesty, and True Love. These subjects are not ones that can be defined in terms of "black and white," and these relationships helped to explore all of the nuances. Your craving for these fragments comes from your craving those very qualities, which ties back into your self-karmic exploration of just how to NOT ONLY sustain, nurture, and cultivate those qualities within yourself, but to recognize that they are part of what you value about yourself at the end of the day, so to speak. It is true that when you meet up with your Mate Agreements, you will not have the issues you fear in terms of measuring one relationship against the other. Your maturity allows for you to distinguish between a fantasy relationship and a present, intimate relationship. When we say "fantasy," we do not refer to the very real Essence connection you share with the Artisan known as "XXX.” We can validate that your Essence has known the Essence that is now known as "XXX" over a number of lifetimes. He is one of our students, though that is not manifested during this lifetime. Though your current Personality enjoys a great deal of Body Type attraction to this fragment's current Personality, that is moot compared to the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual attraction that you find in the Essence Recognition. Owning that recognition as valid is evolutionary and contributes greatly to your path. We have mentioned in our previous responses that much of the distance and longing between you and that which you crave has long been a manifestation of Self-Destruction, and knowing this key factor may shed light on many things, including your next choices. Although we cannot remove for you the anxiety and concern over finding, nurturing, and enjoying a long-term intimate relationship, we can suggest that those concerns are unfounded. We can further suggest that once you stumble into your next relationship, the time that it took for you to find it may very well have seemed like valuable, personal time that you used to your advantage, which in turn became exactly the force needed for your healthy relationship. Finding and keeping a mate is far from simply being a shopping experience, or an internet download, or showing up because one wishes to be affirmed as valuable and lovable, especially when one has refined what one wishes to have and to bring to a healthy, intimate relationship. Unless you now choose to add an unknown loved one to your pattern of longing and craving, it would do you well to consider that you are worth the time you are spending on yourself right now. We have found that most of our students tend to find more fulfilling relationships when one has invited another into that shared space and time, rather than having anxiously hunted for, longed for, and even feared.
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    Hello! I have been member for years, but didn't write here so actively. I participated in group video chat recently, and didn't feel myself totally idiot. And Michael have been so compassionate, when I've asked for advice. So, I will now overcome my relatively strong Chief Features, (1st arrogance, 2nd self-deprecation) and tell about myself something. I feel inferior in my english skills, because I'm mostly self-taught. I studied russian language and swedish language in school. I can somehow manage with russian language. My father was very talented with languages, he spoke 8 languages well, and studied many more. And he told me always, that I was not talented with languages. Btw, he told me that I was not talented at all, and that I was incredibly lazy in addition, and I would never become anything. That kind of family ikon... But i found it difficult at communicate in english. It is so much easier to remain silent and read only other's posts. Of course, something has changed, I think I don't think anymore so much how other people see me, and I dare to comment and participate in discussions, although I do not write perfect English. My whole life has been difficult for me to connect with people. In my childhood I was the one, who stood next to the wall watching others' games. I felt that I'm not worth of attention. I had my first friend when I was in 5th class at school. In 6th class our paths separated, because my family moved to Savonlinna, and her mother died. She moved to her aunt to other side of country, and we were not in touch anymore. I get bullied in new school and totally isolated for many years. I spend these years with myself and practising violin playing. Although later I've got good friends and learned social skills, even been married, this time left many traumas. In this community, for a long time, I felt like being the kid next to the wall who was watching the games of others and was afraid to participate, because not to be rejected. When I read about many of yours past lives in renaissance, Medici family etc. I thought I've maybe been a jester in their court, and you will only laugh at me, if I tell about my thoughts. The love you show to one another is not for me. It was of great importance, what @ihynz received a channeling, where in a past life I've been with TLE-members wrtiting of Chinese medicine basics. So, maybe I'm one of you. Maybe that's why I've been so scared to reject because I feel that I am one of you. I'm a musician, I play viola in string quartet and our city orchestra, I have also few students. I play also piano, violin, lute and trumpet, but not so professionally. Music have been a pivotal thing in my life, it has kept me alive during difficult times, it gave a sense of connection and belonging to the world. It is more than profession, it is a life style. I live in Savonlinna, it is a small city in eastern Finland. I've spent my teen years here, then I moved to Helsinki, capital city of Finland. I was studying and trying to get a job as a musician but with poor success. When my teacher retired, I took his place and returned. I am a single parent of three daughters. My husband came to Savonlinna with me, but we divorced three years ago. He lives 300 meters away from me but doesn't have much contact with his children. So, I have to survive and be strong for my children. I don't know about my future in this town, the orchestra is very poor and there aren't so many sponsors. Every year have been the question, how can we continue. Our city is not willing to support so much. On the other hand, I have many friends here, and first time in my life, I feel like I belong to somewhere. I think here are couple of entity mates too. Michael said, that it is time for change, but I don't know where and how. Let's see. During this pandemic I have much time to think what I actually want and what is needed to do. Thank you for reading my long post. Here I am, with all my vulnerability and doubts. It was challenging to write this, I planned it for months. And I want to say, that you are wonderful people, I have read your post with laugh and tears, and so are Michaels. I am curious to know you better and interacting with you.
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    BACKLOG MARATHON BEGINS! This is just a quick update that Saturday, Sunday, and Monday are all set for me to work on my Backlog Queue! I've been taking time to get things sorted out with any outstanding private sessions, the new Essence Reports, Grand Cycle Reports, and the Wholeness of Soul Course update, and I will finally have a large block of time dedicated to making progress in all of these. By Monday night I should have a much lighter backlog and closer to being back on track. I'll post another update then! Thank you for hanging in there with me!! troy
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    A MOVE AWAY FROM A BINARY PARADIGM The Michael Teachings have only ever existed in a binary world of established genders and the indoctrination that assigned certain qualities to MALE and FEMALE. We are now more educated about the differences among genitalia and gender and sexuality, and we are more receptive to adapting to that spectrum. Michael's Teaching is ever-evolving and terms shift and change to improve on their value. Changes in terms are not about satisfying political agendas or temporary social slang. They accommodate serious shifts in education, paradigm, and comprehension. Michael has been slowly introducing improvements as they make sense to implement them and they tend to introduce them pretty slowly, so the changes shouldn't come as too big of a shock. AS OF 2020, the following changes will be permanently implemented: F/C vs M/F -- Michael (through me) will no longer use the terms "male and female" to describe energy or energy ratios. They will use the terms "Focused" and "Creative." Not only are these far more direct and accurate, but they remove the necessity for assigning these to gender. This permanent change in terminology will also make far more sense to how individual Essences are designed. Using "male" and "female" to describe qualities of Essence was always problematic. STATUS vs GENDER -- Profiles will no longer include "gender" as an identifying factor for Essence Relationships such as Essence Twins and Task Companions. Instead, there will only be Status indicators, such as "future friend," or "past teacher" or "deceased grandparent," or "guide," etc. NEW SYMBOLS -- if you have any great ideas for simple symbols to represent Focused and Creative, please suggest your ideas in this thread. RETROACTIVE TERMINOLOGY -- Terminology will change going forward, but there is no way (and no interest) in scouring all previous transcripts and profiles and communication with Michael to "correct" these terms. They are a part of history in the same way that "Slave" was a Role and "Stagnation" was a Goal and "Sexual" was a Center. ***** COMMUNITY FEEDBACK: What do you think about this major change? Do you think it makes more sense? Do you think it matters? Do you have a preference? Do you think you will get used to it?
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    HEADS UP! In an effort to improve my focus and my ability to continue a work schedule with the highest of quality, I have had to implement some major changes to my availability. All scheduled sessions after December 9th have been automatically rescheduled to accommodate these changes and each student affected has received details regarding how to respond if these changes have caused any inconvenience. NEW APPOINTMENT SCHEDULE - Tuesdays through Thursdays - 8am to 2pm Eastern EFFECTIVE - December 9th NOTE: This change does not affect group events I hope this actually helps accommodate more European students! I really hope this has not caused any distress. It is an important change that I have to make as I have to adapt to changes in my body, health, goals and projects. -Troy
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    Channel: Troy Tolley The timing for this session was serendipitous given the recent thread about getting through the current rough patch together. I will admit, I found this session very helpful and it gave me a lot to think about. _____________________________________________________________________________ MEntity: Hello to you, Cary. We are here, now. We can begin. ckaricai: Hi Michael. Nice to talk to you again. My first question has been on my mind since 2016. I think mostly for me clarity would be helpful. The rise of the far right/facists around the world and the rise of hate crimes has awoken some folks to the existence of discrimination on more than an academic level. Because they are now more aware, some are shocked and some are expressing deep anger and sadness. My questions about this are: Now that they are aware how can they avoid feeling overwhelmed by their new reality? What do they do next regarding healing for themselves and for those who have been oppressed? ckaricai: If time permits, I'd also like to ask a follow up question from our last session. Thanks MEntity: For those who have been "awakened" by recent events, there is no avoiding being overwhelmed. Reality has been shattered in many ways that could not have been anticipated, and not merely on the subject of the existence of discrimination, but on the subject of their complicity in the existence of discrimination. When one is exposed to a reality of an existence that was "there all along," it brings into question the faculty and function of one's own mind and heart. ckaricai: Indeed MEntity: When we say "complicity" we do not mean the same thing as being the cause, but that one's lack of awareness helped sustain the barrier between realities. MEntity: This overwhelm comes into effect in any scenario where the reality of another's existence was denied or confined by lack of awareness. MEntity: This can happen when a parent realizes a child is homosexual, or when a scientist realizes there is more beyond the level of atoms, or when a person is suddenly exposed to psychic phenomenon, or even when one confronts how one's own choices contributed to an undesired consequence. ckaricai: So if they cannot avoid being overwhelmed how do they cope with it? MEntity: This overwhelm is part of the equation of realization. This is a natural defense that slows down the mind to a point that can begin comprehension. MEntity: It is similar to the effect one might have in a car accident. The experience is surprisingly "slow-motion" for the one who experiences it. This effect is the same on social levels where shifts in awareness come "suddenly." ckaricai: Ohhhh MEntity: In terms of how to cope with this, there is no single standard method, but there are two coping methods that responses tend to take: one is to retreat and recoil from stimulation so that one can be in the process of comprehension, and the other way is to express the shock and despair as a means of creating common ground with others who can help share in the process of comprehension. MEntity Those are coping methods. ckaricai: Okay, Then this would lead directly into my question about healing. ckaricai: And in addition to what they can do to being healing for themselves and for those who have been oppressed, what can those like me who have been oppressed do to help in healing? MEntity: However, there are also methods for denial and refusal for comprehension and that tends to come in forms like "doubling down" or escalation or reactionary defenses. ckaricai: I'm very frustrated and a bit angry by their-to me-"sudden" awakening. I'd like to know how I can not be angry and frustrated about it. MEntity: As for what they do next, that is up to them, but for those who are willing to move forward with comprehension, it is a matter of putting into practice the new awareness. In the context of comprehending that discrimination is a reality that many have to navigate, it can be as simple as continuing one's education about that reality and as practical as calling this out when it is seen in action, and as complex as taking active measures to help dismantle it altogether. ckaricai: Those are totally doable since there are tons of existing resources for folks to draw from if they need ideas. MEntity: Some individuals are better equipped for one over the others and it is important to learn what one can and cannot do because an over-eager attempt in an area that one is not equipped well to take on can actually do more harm than good. ckaricai: That's actually something I'd not considered so thank you for that insight. MEntity: Many feel the pressure of taking on the more complex arena of dismantling discrimination, but they can end up being seen as "saviors" instead of allies or effective. ckaricai: YES! MEntity: It is okay to do what seems to be less if one does it best. For those who can do more, they will do better without the complications caused by the over-eager. ckaricai: That totally makes sense.... ckaricai: So what can I do to help me help them help me and other folks who have been oppressed? Sorry if I'm asking the same questions. Just eager to hear the answer before our session time is up. MEntity: For those who have been oppressed and seeking healing, it can be helpful to actively move away from Pride. Pride comes out of a need to protect oneself from vulnerability. Pride is vital for navigating contexts of vulnerability where one has been targeted, shamed, and set apart for one's differences. When a group or individual are set apart, targeted, shamed, oppressed, etc. for their differences, the vulnerability of that group or individual is very real and quite often dangerous. As that group or individual gains some footing in the vulnerability, there is a "positive" shift toward Pride. This is the a means of owning the very things that have been shamed, targeted, and attacked. MEntity: This is a means of celebrating those differences, holding them up as valuable and meaningful things despite all vulnerability. Pride is the path out of fearing vulnerability. That is why it is the "positive pole" of Arrogance. ckaricai: Wait, I'm confused. If being prideful helps to deal with the dangers, then how would moving away from pride help? What should I be replacing pride with? MEntity: However, that same vital path that was once necessary for navigating the fear of vulnerability can also keep one from embracing support, kindness, care and beneficial changes if that Pride becomes a position rather than a path. ckaricai: Not sure I understand what pride as a path is...what's the difference between pride as a position and pride as a path? MEntity: In other words, Pride helps an individual or group to navigate out of the fear of vulnerability, but as one moves out of that fear, there must come a practice in differentiating between what is truly a threat and what is not. For example, someone who seeks to harm you is very different from someone who is new to helping you. ckaricai: Okay. I see, but when someone who just wants to help does or says things that are offensive it doesn't feel like helping. What do I do in those situations? MEntity: What we mean by Pride as a path vs position is that one cannot live only in Pride. One cannot stay there and truly be free of unnecessary fear. We are not speaking of the generic term of being "proud" of one's accomplishments, but pride as blind and blanket defense. ckaricai: I mean, I feel like in those situations I have to set aside my own feelings to allow them to learn and that feels crappy. I think I get what you mean about pride like when black folks say "black and proud" it is meant to be celebratory and not a defense. I've always seen it as celebratory anyhow. MEntity: You need not set aside your feelings and you need not ignore the offensiveness, but you can differentiate between a true threat and simple inexperience. ckaricai: I see we are basically out of time....so to wrap up this last point, I'm guessing I just need to have patience and also deal with my feelings and not feel bad or guilty or confused about having them. If that is the case then I guess I just have to take it one instance at a time. MEntity: Yes, there comes a time in any individual or group evolution out of the dangers of vulnerability when the term "proud" is general and celebratory rather than as a necessary defiance. Pride as a necessary defiance is a path, Pride as an unnecessary defiance is a position. ckaricai: OOOHHHH, I see. Wow, this has been very helpful Michael. Thanks so much for this great advice. There isn't time to follow up on the different types of apathy as came up in our last session. I'll save it for another time. MEntity: Another consideration you can make in terms of your own healing is that the complexity of oppression is never as simple as malicious or even reckless intent. Those truly responsible for oppression are either quite bold and blatant or they are insidious and manipulative. Most oppression that exists today in modern culture comes from the insidious and manipulative routes that have each group learning about the world in ways that pit them against each other. Most of you would rather get along and have no issues with each other, but the complicated and convoluted world views handed down to each of you is something that all of you must rise above. ckaricai: Sigh. Very true. ckaricai: We're well over the time limit. I don't want to take up more time. Thank you so much for this session. MEntity: This means that while you cannot always be in control of how others are learning and growing, you are in control of your own learning and growing and this means there may be blind spots, assumptions, projections, biases, etc. that you are ready to unlearn and rise above. Some methods of defense are still valid and some are not. When methods of defense are valid, they tend to come naturally, quickly, and then pass, while methods of defense that may no longer be of use tend to be exhausting, outdated, and disproportionate. ckaricai: I understand exactly what you are talking about because I have had both types of moments, hence my wanting to ask these questions. ckaricai: Since we are out of time I will say good-bye and thank you again for these amazing answers. I have a lot to think about. MEntity: We know we are over our time with you, but we also know these are important concerns that come with being a human being in a world where some force you to fight for a place to exist. ckaricai: That's touching. Thanks. Yes, these thoughts consume me and have for basically my whole life. And it is exhausting. _________________________________________________________________
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